• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Glasgow 5th March 1971 by Edwin Morgan is a modern Scottish poem about a couple being attacked and being pushed through a shop window

Extracts from this document...


?Glasgow 5th March, 1971 Edwin Morgan essay.? Glasgow 5th March 1971 by Edwin Morgan is a modern Scottish poem about a couple being attacked and being pushed through a shop window almost like a human brick. This shocking crime is witnesses by two drivers who are very selfish as they keep on driving by. The poet uses devices such as structures, word choice, contrast and imagery to convey the unpleasantness of city life. He is sending a message out about how the world is becoming such a horrible place. . In this poem I will show how ?How effectively Edwin Morgan conveys violence in his poem, Glasgow 5th March, 1971. Glasgow 5th March 1971 is an instamatic poem. Instamatic poetry is when it paints a picture in your mind; it can be seen as a word photograph and is a way of fixing a snapshot of an event from a particular event in time. ...read more.


The poet uses word choice to convey the horridness of city life. Edwin uses the words, ?Arms star-fished out and diamond?. I think he used the quote, ?Arm star-fished out? To show that when the young couple fell through the window their arms and legs were separated into a star shape. I also think that Edwin Morgan used the word, ?Diamond? To show the connection of love between the young couple as diamonds remind you of engagement and weddings. The poet conveys the violence of inner city Glasgow by using powerful imagery. He immediately grabs the reader with his description of the smashed shop window. Edwin Morgan uses the phrase- ?Wet-look white coat? This makes you instantly think of a wet looking coat. This is also a form of irony as it was ironic of a white coat to get covered in red blood. Another quote of imagery is when Edwin uses the words ?Ragged diamond? This makes immediately think about how the window was broken, like the shape of the glass was broke and looked like a diamond shape. ...read more.


In this essay I have talked about structure, form, word choice, imagery, sound techniques and metaphors. The methods convey a good persona of Glasgow as it shows how bad the violence is. I feel pretty disappointed in the main theme of the poem is that lots of people would people would just carry on with their lives now and do not help people in need. It also makes you think of selfish people are to witness something so horrifying to keep driving on. On the whole I did enjoy reading the poem and it was really interesting finding out about all the different method Edwin used in his poem and to see all the thought and effort he put into it. Unfortunately this poem has changed my views on Glasgow. This poem has made me realised how dangerous the city can be. It has not changed my views that much on the people though, as I have heard a lot of worse things happening In the City of Glasgow but I?m still frustrated by the self-centredness of some of the people in the poem. By Nicole Davidson ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Poets essays

  1. Carole Satymurtis I Shall Paint my Nails Red is a wonderful poem which I ...

    I feel that in this poem she reflects many sides of a woman's life. It may be understood to have two separate messages, the direct and the hidden message. Satymurti does this through showing both the complexity of a woman's life, and the simplicity that also exists within.

  2. In the poem Prayer before Birth, the poet Louise MacNeice has drawn a picture ...

    wall me' - not only does this effect add to the pace of the poem, it also reflects on the fast paced movement of life and the regular 'killing' scheme that seemed to be going on during that time of war.

  1. To what extent do you think that Yeats thought he was living in a ...

    The repetition in this line could also represent him becoming old and senile. Yeats earlier says that he could be 'derided by a sort of battered kettle at the heel'. He knows that he is no longer full of energy like he used to be, and if he tried to act energetic then he would just be mocked.

  2. Analysis of "The city planners" by Margaret Atwood

    This poem starts with a calm tone, this can be seen in this quotation ?cruising these residential Sunday streets in dry August sunlight? but then the tone shifts to a more sarcastic and humorous tone that can be seen for example in ?nothing more abrupt than the rational whine of

  1. Analysis of 'Stop All The Clocks' by W. H. Auden

    the moon and dismantle the sun/Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.” These lines express the despair and depression of the poet, the second to last stage of the Kübler-Ross model, as a world without the stars or sun would cause everything to become void, including life.

  2. Analysis of Modern Love by Douglas Dunn

    However, it can also be said that this love is their only solace from an otherwise dull and dreary lifestyle. The fact that they choose to ?enjoy silence? can be used to show that they simply value to spend time together; to get away from their hectic daily lives.

  1. Word choice, juxtaposition, contrast, irony and imagery are just some of the techniques that ...

    The tourists are equally indiscrimminating as they follow the priest swolling the "word". The alliteration MacCaig uses "clucking contentally" suggests the toursists are happy and familuar in the situation. The onomatiopia "fluttered" further highlights the brainlessness of the tourisits. It is as if they are totally unthinking and are not

  2. Glasgow 5 March 1971 by Edwin Morgan is a poem which depicts a violent ...

    Her ?wet-look white coat? emphasises the amount of blood and the contrast of red blood on white which creates a strong visual image. The poem then moves on to describe the attackers using effective word choice to convey the lack of compassion shown to the victims.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work