English Language KS3/KS4: Music in Performance Poetry

Anthony Horowitz introduces the work of Kate Tempest to consider the musical quality of poetry, and the three dimensional soundscape that is created through poetry in performance.

Music journalist Lucy O’Brien shows how Kate Tempest’s performance poetry makes links with contemporary musical genres such as grime and rap, and is therefore able to speak across generations.

Excerpts from Tempest’s poem Icarus are used to demonstrate the poet’s storytelling qualities and explore the way that Tempest has updated the ancient Greek myth for contemporary life.

Teacher Notes

Students might begin by reading the Icarus story and comparing it with the text of Kate Tempest’s poem Icarus to see what new ideas she has brought to the narrative.

They could then use other Greek myths as the inspiration for writing some contemporary performance poetry.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English Language at KS3 and KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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