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Published: 11/09/2017
KS4 | Reading
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Context and analysis: 'The Bright Lights of Sarajevo'

Contextual notes for Tony Harrison's poem, with questions that ask students to find evidence that the poet has reflected historical events in the poem.

Questions include:

The city of Sarajevo

Where in the poem has the poet reflected these features of the population?

The Bosnian war

Find evidence in the poem of how people's lives were affected by having

  • no running water in their homes
  • no electricity
  • no petrol or heating oil
  • very little food available. 

A city under siege

Where has the poet mentioned how this affects the people in the city?

The death toll

Students choose from the following longer tasks:

  • Write a short essay explaining how the poet has incorporated historical facts in his poem.
  • Make a spider diagram of key features of the siege, and add a quotation that illustrates each fact.
  • Annotate your copy of the poem with the relevant background facts.

This is designed for the Edexcel IGCSE, and the anthology is available from Edexcel.


See other resources: Anthology for Edexcel IGCSE

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Deb Snow
Deb Snow
This resource was a fine starting point! Thank you.
Posted on 22nd February 2019

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