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A Constable Calls

Watch video 1, which depicts a series of events that took place twenty years after those described in this poem. What is ticking at the conclusion of the poem? Which other devices are known for producing a ticking sound? Do these lines anticipate the Troubles depicted in the video?



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The Underground

Watch video 2 of Seamus Heaney speaking about and reading this poem. What feelings or emotions come across from his performance of the poem? Does his reading style convey regret, anger, fondness, nostalgia, or something else entirely?



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A Call

Watch Video 3, which is based on the medieval play called Everyman. What in your opinion are the three or four main things this story says about death and dying? The play was written for a Christian audience. Do you believe its message is relevant to believers and non-believers alike?



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Frogs

Watch Video 4 about the life-cycle of frogs. Did you learn anything new? Which aspect of the frog’s life-cycle struck you as most interesting or noteworthy? How would you characterise your reaction to the frogs presented in the film? Did you find them pleasant or unpleasant, attractive or disgusting?



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Primula Veris

Watch Video 5 then consider the following statement: ‘This poem highlights how the joined-up writing of DNA links everything in creation, from the humble cowslip to the most noble and ferocious species imaginable’. Do you think the statement represents an accurate reading of the poem? Give a reason for your answer.



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Easter Wings

Watch Video 6 which depicts the ancient Bible story of the Garden of Eden. Dies this version fit with your own memories of this story? In what ways is it different?



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Ozymandius

Watch Video 7, which shows the recent discovery of a statue in Egypt believed to that of Rameses II. Does this statue bear any resemblance to the one depicted or described in Shelley's poem? Give reasons for your answer.



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