Liz Lochhead – Shared Themes and Techniques Tables

In case you want your notes to be lovely and neat.

Shared Themes Table

Shared Techniques Table


Liz Lochhead – Shared Themes/Concerns

Hi folks,

Here’s a digital copy of the shared themes table we discussed today, in case you want to keep your notes lovely and organised.

Shared Themes Table

Make sure you get this completed at home this week, and tomorrow we’re going tp discuss shared techniques used in the poems.


  • Skyfall revision on climactic scene for timed essay – Monday 4th January. The essay will be written during that day’s lesson. 
  • Creative folio first draft – Tuesday 5th January
  • Liz Lochhead/The Kite Runner revision – ongoing

Your prelim is very soon, so you need to squeeze these in between all the eating and watching rubbish TV.

Liz Lochhead – Class Presentations

Here’s your presentations, at last – sorry about the delay getting these uploaded. Those of you who DIDN’T hand this in (and I know who you are) should complete this task – it really helps with your understanding of the poems.

For My Grandmother Knitting Jade Scrimger

For My Grandmother Knitting Jayde Kelly

For My Grandmother Knitting Lewis French

Last Supper Kieran Harrison

My Rival’s House Josh Kilmartin

My Rival’s House Ross Bain

My Rivals House Abbie Drury

my rivals house Natalie Hislop

Ronan Mill

Some Old Photographs John Binnie

View Of Scotland Aidan O’Dowd

View of Scotland Peter Pryce

Liz Lochhead PowerPoint Presentation

You are going to select ONE of Liz Lochhead’s poems and present it in a PowerPoint to the class, with suitable images and music.

You should upload the presentation to this post by clicking ‘Respond’ at the bottom and uploading your file.


  • Choose a poem – go for the one you like the most/find most interesting.
  • Take notes on the type of images/music you will use to present it.
  • Remember – this presentation should encapsulate the central concerns of the poem, and help US to understand its meaning.
  • You should include both the lines of the poem itself, as well as any notes and annotations you have to analyse the poem.
  • The presentation should be well-made and designed – take this task seriously. If you don’t make an effort, I won’t be pleased.
  • These will be uploaded to the blog to act as revision guides for everyone in the class.

The last two slides of this PowerPoint include examples you can use for inspiration. THEY DO NOT INCLUDE ANALYSIS – YOURS MUST.

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View of Scotland/Love Poem Homework

Okay dears, these questions should be completed by MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER. I’ve also posted the 10 mark formula in case you forget. Aren’t I lovely?

View of Scotland/Love Poem

  1. Explain how the title introduces two main concerns of the poem. 2
  2. Look at lines 1—22. By referring to at least two examples, analyse how the poet uses language to create a vivid impression of the mother. 4
  3. Look at lines 4—5. Explain what the poet means by the parenthesis “(This is too ordinary to be nostalgia.)”                                     2
  4. Look at lines 23—32. By referring to at least one example, analyse how these lines convey the idea of a shift in time. 2
  5. By referring to this and at least one other poem, discuss how Lochhead develops the theme of the complexities of love in her poetry. 10

10 Mark Question

This follows a very similar pattern to the 8 mark question from last year.

  • 2 Marks – common theme/similarity/contrast, with an explanation of how this is explored in each poem.
  • 2 marks – quote and analyse the poem in front of you, linking back to the common theme/similarity/contrast.
  • 6 marks – quote and analyse ANOTHER POEM, linking back to the common theme/similarity/contrast x 3.

Make sure you have a note of this somewhere safe.