Creation of Tone in Island Man (Poetry)

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Key takeaways
Analysis of what we see as “positive” and “negative” language and why
How language choice can impact the tone of a poem
Writing analytically about the impact of language choice on tone
Sarah LeesHost: Sarah is an English teacher at a Grammar school in South East London. She studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent and trained for her PGCE at UCL six years ago. She also teaches Film Studies at A level.

A lot of factors affect how a poet sets the mood of their poem.

In this class, students will explore the language choices made by Grace Nichols in her poem the Island Man. They will delve into the meanings and effects the language creates and the impact those particular choices have upon the overall tone of the poem. Finally they will discover how in turn, these specific choices impact the reader’s perception and understanding of the poem. 

This class is perfect for students to analyse the poetic language choices of not only Island Man, but any poem.  


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If you found this class interesting you may want to have a look at more of our English Curriculum Satchel Classes such as: English Poetry: Examining a Poet's Heritage and Culture.


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Suitable for:

This class is for all students in Years 7-9 or S1-S3 studying Poetry in English.  

Class requirements:
You will need a laptop or device with internet connection to watch the class, as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
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