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Key Stage 4: GCSE Lecture Series

In the last minutes he said more to her
Almost than in all their life together.
'You'll be in New Row on Monday night
And i'll come up for you and you'll be glad
When i walk in the door ... isn't that right?’

Clearances by Seamus Heaney

This new lecture series for GCSE students explores the themes of identity (Anthology One), relationships (Anthology Two) and conflict (Anthology Three) as expressed through the three poems by Seamus Heaney which are included in the poetry anthologies currently on the curriculum.

‘The lecture was focused on key requirements for exam responses – a very helpful reinforcement for our GCSE pupils.’ (Teacher of GCSE English Literature).

Lectures will focus on helping students to:
  • Read and respond to the poems critically and imaginatively.
  • Use details from the poems to illustrate interpretations.
  • Explain and evaluate the ways in which the poets express meaning and achieve effects.
  • Make comparisons and explain links between poems.
  • Relate poems to their social, cultural and historical contexts.
Visiting the HomePlace exhibition is invaluable in aiding students to:
  • To relate poems to their social, cultural and historical contexts.

For further information and to book, contact Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Tel: 028 7938 7444
E: seamusheaneyhome@midulstercouncil.org