The Poetry of Simon Armitage A Study Guide for GCSE Students by Tony Childs


The Poetry of Simon Armitage A Study Guide for GCSE Students by Tony Childs

Simon Armitage is one of the leading poets of his generation. Since his first collection, Zoom , in 1989 he has published ten full-length collections of poetry, while also writing and presenting numerous works for radio, television and film. He is now one of the poets most widely studied at GCSE examination level. This study guide to Simon Armitage's poetry will be essential reading and preparation for GCSE students and their teachers, to whose needs it has been expertly tailored. The book examines Armitage's work in just the ways that students need to think about it - in respect of how the poems are crafted in language and form, and the kinds of themes, ideas and attitudes that they reflect. It also includes sections on studying individual poems for the examination, an illuminating biography with questions and answers and sample essays.

About the Author

Author Tony Childs is currently Chief Examiner for GCSE English Literature for one of the major examination boards, and has previously written a highly regarded series of textbooks for students on exploring and writing about poetry for exams. Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published ten collections of poetry, including Selected Poems (2001), Seeing Stars (2010), and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). A broadcaster and presenter, he also writes extensively for television and radio. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry.

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144 pages


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Publication date

7th June 2012



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