English Literature GCSE: Gillian Clarke on her poem 'Cold Knap Lake'

Hip-hop star Akala meets the poet Gillian Clarke to explore the themes and imagery of her poem 'Cold Knap Lake'.

They discuss how a childhood memory of a child drowning inspired the poem, while questioning the ability of our memories to re-tell the truth.

Young poets also help Akala breakdown the language and meaning of the poem, from the perspectives of young people actively engaged in language.

This clip is from the series Poetry: Between the Lines.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to explore the theme of Place 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 Gillian Clarke.

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.