English Literature KS4 / GCSE: Daljit Nagra performs his poem X

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Poet Daljit Nagra performs and describes his short poem X.

He describes how it came about as the result of a refugee crisis several years ago, amid the controversy of Guantanamo Bay, illegal detention, and hunger strikes by refugees and migrants held by authorities in France and the UK.

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Teacher Notes

Pupils could compare how Daljit Nagra describes the poem before reading it, with the final work.

Do they think the poem effectively conveys his intentions? How does the use of language and verse affect the audience? Does hearing the poem performed aloud change it's meaning in comparison to reading it from the page?

Question how the length of the poem affects it - does it have more impact or less? How so?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English Literature.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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