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CLIP 6849

'The Man in the Comic Strip' discussion

'The Man in the Comic Strip' discussion
Key Info
  • 'The Man in the Comic Strip' discussion
  • Duration: 02:39
  • Liz Lochhead responds to questions and comments about her poem 'The Man in the Comic Strip'. Students ask questions about the deeper meaning of this poem, what inspired her to write it and the techniques she used. Lochhead mentions imagery, the physical shape of words on the page and the use of lists.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: Late 20th Century and Contemporary

  • Keywords: imagery, comics, cartoons, genre, conventions, symbols, non-verbal commmunication, Liz Lochhead, graphic novels
Ideas for use in class
  • Listen to the questions the students raise. How well does Liz Lochhead deal with them? What questions would your students like to ask? Are the students in the clip looking for a deeper meaning which isn't there? If there is a deeper meaning, what is it? Students could collect images from comic strips and create a collage or a new narrative, paying particular attention to non-verbal commmunication.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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