English Literature KS4 / GCSE: Daljit Nagra performs In a White Town

Poet Daljit Nagra performs and describes his poem In a White Town, detailing how it was inspired by growing up in a home that was very culturally different from the life he lived outside with his friends.

He talks about how he was embarrassed by his very traditional mother, and her despair at him turning away from his heritage, but how over the years the two came closer together.

This is from the series Contains Strong Language

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?

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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