Interpreting Poem 49

Interpreting Poem 49

Resource type: Lesson

Level: Third Level, Fourth Level

Subject: English

Curriculum Area: Languages

Tags: lesbian; sexual orientation; gender inequality; Scots language; Scotland; text


This lesson plan will support you to deliver lessons about Poem 49 of The Maitland Quarto Manuscript; a same-sex love poem written in the Scots language. This poem has become an important artefact in Scotland’s LGBT history.

In the lesson, learners will be introduced to a historical overview of the author, believed to be Marie Maitland, and her family, as well as a brief historical context for when it was written. The poem is then broken down stanza by stanza for analysis and interpretation.

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