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A Tall Man Executes a Jig by Irving Layton ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523829
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  William Brind, Barrie Howells
Directors:  Donald Winkler
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian Literature, Documentary, English, Literature
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1986
Running Time:  25m 58s


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A fascinating 'conversation' with Canadian poet Irving Layton, who shares how the poem by which he would like to be remembered, A Tall Man Executes a Jig, was inspired. He also offers a thorough explication of the poem. In so doing, he discusses the major themes that have preoccupied him during a lifetime of writing; themes that are articulated in the metaphysical sonnet-sequence of this poem.

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