I enjoyed hearing Poet Laureate Simon Armitage’s poem ‘Ark’ on BBC Radio 4 this week. The poem was written to commemorate the launch of the UK’s new polar research ship, the ‘Sir David Attenborough’.
Here is a clip of Simon Armitage reading the poem:
and here is a link to the poem on the poet’s website. It’s a brilliant example of a poem engaging with climate change and would be particularly good to take into the KS3 & KS4 classroom – that’s students aged 11 – 16 (or for older KS2 students – 10 and 11 year olds). I agree with poet and teacher Michael Rosen’s comment on Twitter:
…a poem full of the depth of the crisis, the resonance of survival taken from the Noah story and anglo-Saxon alliteration… great for intertextual ‘conversation’ between bible and climate change!
There’s more information about the polar research ship b
The Noah story can be found in Genesis, Chapter 8.
Image of melting glaciers from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.