Assignment: Poem

Create a short film based on a poem.

This film was created by a team of six young film-makers in the North West of England as part of the innovative DMEX (Digital Media Exchange) programme. It is an animated interpretation of a poem by the recently appointed Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. The poem caused controversy and was withdrawn from the GCSE curriculum for its alleged glorification of knife crime.


Suggested techniques

Have someone read the poem aloud.

Tell the story of the poem in the film, using extracts from the poem on screen.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • This requires the students to examine the poem in depth and create an interpretation of the work. This allows the student to get a better understanding of the poem by taking it beyond the written word and into something visual and active. By allowing them a free interpretation, it allows them to react to the poem in their own way.
  • You can then build on this in class as they explain why they chose to present the work that way.
  • Voicing an animated version builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for solo or group work
  • Literature

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