Liz Lochhead responds to questions and comments from students about her poem 'A New View of Scotland/Love Poem'. She expands her thoughts on memories and the importance of the past, including New Year traditions. She makes a distinction between memory and nostalgia, the former representing truth, the latter likely to comprise 'sentimental lies about the past'. There is also some black and white film from the 1950s depicting Hogmanay celebrations.
A useful accompaniment to the clip of Liz Lochhead reading the poem. It could also be part of an investigation into the role of memory in poetry. 'Before You Were Mine' by Carol Ann Duffy would make an instructive comparison. Students could research other poems based on memory and write their own. The poet expresses elsewhere her wish not to have a film made of the poem; do the black and white clips add anything to our reactions to the poem?
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