English Literature KS4 / GCSE: Imtiaz Dharker performs Blessing
Imtiaz Dharker performs and describes her poem Blessing.
She discusses how the poem is inspired by a burst water main in a slum in the city of Mumbai, and how the daily grind is interrupted by the happy accident.
This clip is from the series Contains Strong Language.
Pupils could create a chart of themes they think the poem covers, and how Imtiaz’ use of language and pace supports or enables this.
As a vocal exercise, pupils could look at whether the meaning of the poem changes from being read on the page to being read aloud. Does anything else jump out at them which they hadn't previously noticed?
This topic is relevant for teaching English Literature at KS4 & GCSE/National 4 & 5.