Poetry Ireland is delighted to launch the Behind the Lines video series, which gives students new insights into poems on the Leaving Cert English and Irish courses.
Writers read their poems, which are on the curriculum, and discuss their inspiration and imagery, contextualising the work in a personal way that enriches the experience of students.
Award-winning poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, features in the first video launched today (20 April 2020), in this initiative of the Poetry Ireland Poet in Residence.
She reads her poem, 'To Niall Woods and Xenya Ostrovskaia, married in Dublin on 9 September 2009' and during her commentary, she gives insight into the background of writing it and some of the motifs in the poem.
More videos will be released in the coming days and weeks of poets presenting their poems which feature on the Leaving Cert curriculum.
Other writers will explore favourite poets on the curriculum, from Emily Dickinson to Francis Ledwidge, bringing their own poetic sensibility to bear on their chosen work.
You can watch Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's video and all upcoming videos at the Behind the Lines YouTube Playlist.