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Hotel Room, 12th floor Norman MacCaig.

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Introduction

Hotel Room, 12th floor Norman MacCaig David Small Norman MacCaig's poem Hotel Room, 12th floor has its origins in a chance observation. A small incident that started this poem which I thought was great, was the way he used the metaphors, similes and alliteration etc and also how he shows that midnight has some attributes when he makes it come in. A small incident that started this poem which I thought was great was when he compared the helicopter to a damaged insect which can mean technology and nature which is reflect throughout the poem. "...a helicopter skirting like a damaged insect..." ...read more.

Middle

"...uncivilised darkness is shot at by a million lit windows, all ups and acrosses" This highlights that darkness is uncivilised but darkness has no attributes so it can't be uncivilised. This also represents that the lit windows are shooting at darkness but windows cannot shoot. This continues the destructive war tone throughout the poem. MacCaig continues his destructive war tone by giving midnight characteristics. "But midnight is not so easily defeated..." This is the meaning that midnight can be defeated easily but midnight is not a human so it cannot be defeated. MacCaig uses 'But' at the start of Stanza 2 to draw your attention to that sentence. ...read more.

Conclusion

This also takes you back to when the cowboys are trying to take over from the native red Indians. Glittering canyons and gulches help MacCaig by personification. This is personification because canyons cannot be glittering but it is the tall skyscrapers with roads below that make the canyons and it is the lights from the skyscrapers that give the glittering effect. MacCaig continues his destructive war one by his specific word choice and this helps strength his universal statement. The specific word choice is 'Broken bones 'harsh screaming' and 'blood glazed' I thought MacCaig's poem Hotel room, 12th floor was good that it came from a chance observation that lead to his universal statement. I thought the poetic techniques he used were suitable and used correctly. ...read more.

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