Imtiaz Dharker performs The Trick
Imtiaz Dharker performs and describes her poem The Trick. She details how she was struggling to write a love poem, but found that by writing a sonnet the words, about dreaming of love, flowed more easily - despite the formality of the style.
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.