English Literature KS4 / GCSE: Imtiaz Dharker performs her poem Tissue

Imtiaz Dharker performs and describes her poem Tissue.

She describes how the poem came about after the found notes her father had written in the end pages of a book, and talks about how she was inspired by this writing of names and dates in the leaves of something so permanent yet so fragile.

This clip is from the series Contains Strong Language.

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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