English Literature GCSE: Andrew Forster on his poem 'Brothers'

Akala meets the Yorkshire poet Andrew Forster to explore his poem 'Brothers', about the emotions at stake in a sibling relationship.

The poet and presenter breakdown the imagery and formal considerations at work in the poem, with the help of young poets actively involved in poetry and spoken word.

This clip is from the series Poetry: Between the Lines

Teacher Notes

This could be used to explore the theme of Relationships in poetry, and to teach analysis of poetic technique and form.

Students can be encouraged to become fluent with critical terminology and language, and develop their own interpretations of poems they have read.

It could also be useful in highlighting context and biography in literature, especially to illustrate the poetic work of Andrew Forster.

Students can explore and develop their own taste in poetry, and share their discoveries with the class.

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.