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Gillian Clarke - 'Neighbours'
Using a variety of newsreel footage and other clips, Gillian Clarke explores the derivation of her poem 'Neighbours', which is essentially about the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, Russia. The images underpin the meaning of the poem and reflect key words and phrases. However, the message is broader than the nuclear disaster and its impact on neighbouring countries. Clarke also explores the impact having neighbours has on society, and also the way poetry can be used as polemic. She describes the rage, the heartbreak and despondency that she felt and how this anger becomes a pattern of words, leading to a sense of hope.
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