Comparing Poems: How Structure Creates Meaning

Curriculum support15 mins£3

Key takeaways
Background information about the poet Benjamin Zephaniah and what inspires his work.
An understanding of poetic structure to enhance meaning.
The chance and inspiration to write their own “recipe” poem!
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.

Do you want to write your own poems? In this class, students will learn about Benjamin Zephaniah and his poetry whilst also looking at a 'recipe' to create your own poems. Students will examine how adapting the structure of a poem can enhance the meaning of it by studying Zephaniah's “The British, serves 60 million”. This is a perfect class for any student wanting to assess a poems or create their own!

More Poetry Sessions: Comparing Poems: The Presentation of LossRecognising Poetic Conventions Part 1'Tissue’ by Imtiaz Dharker


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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.
What to expect:

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