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William Blake's poem 'The Garden of Love' is introduced by Nigel Planer, who explores the idea of hypocrisy in the church. The symbolism is underpinned by the use of narrative images over a reading of the poem. Liz Lochhead's explanation explores the way Blake uses simple language, rhyme and rhythm to convey a complex and powerful message.
This clip is from:
The Poetry of the Environment
First broadcast:
23 June 1995

Classroom Ideas

Useful as an exemplification of how different media can be used to interpret poetry. Students could create their own short film and music to reflect Blake's poems. The language is straightforward, but the ideas are complex and these should be mirrored in the art forms, just as Blake did with his poetry and painting.

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