This poem deals with the relationship between the past and the present and how our experiences and memories combine to inform our characters, values and ideals.
She resists the temptation to become nostalgic in order to describe specific memories in accurate detail. This creates a much more honest and truthful poem.
The specific traditions and superstitions associated with Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations are also explored, especially in regard to how they help to create a link between the past and present.
This poem would make a useful comparison piece for The Bargain.