English Literature KS4 / GCSE: Imtiaz Dharker performs her poem Speech Balloon

Imtiaz Dharker performs and describes her poem Speech Balloon.

She details how the poem comes from the repetition of some words and phrases in speech and the media, to the extent they become meaningless clichés.

Teacher Notes

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?

Curriculum Notes

This topic is relevant for teaching English Literature at KS4 & GCSE/National 4 & 5.

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