The poet and writer Liz Niven discusses Lochhead's poem. She concentrates on the detailed description of the Hogmanay scene, which is both very specific and evocative of celebration of New Year across Scotland.
This analysis is a useful accompaniment to the clip of Liz Lochhead reading the poem. It could form 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. This extract could also contribute to a study of Scottish traditions, and Hogmanay in particular.