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Glasgow Sonnet 1 Critical Essay

Glasgow Sonnet Essay

1086 WordsDec 29th, 20145 Pages

Glasgow sonnet is a touching poem written by Edwin Morgan and is about how Glasgow used to be, years ago and the effects that it had on people. It deals with an important issue such as poverty and we see the reality of it and how it shouldn’t be ignored. By examining Morgans use of techniques we will be able to seen more of the effects of poverty and how and things actually are Morgans makes the poem particularly effective by the use of sonnet structure, the first 8 lines show us the area and the surroundings and the second half shows us the inside of the situation including people having to deal with this poverty.

Straight away the opening line sets the scene and immediately gives us an image of the place and just how depressing the…show more content…

It also gives us a clear image that all the window are destroyed and that children are playing some ofrm of game, this also suggests that the children are bored and have nothing to do so they try to smash window. Also gives off a sense of decay and left over ruins. This makes us think of how horrid the building must look and this deals with poverty as children should be doing something else to entertain themselves. Also that people actually live in that damaged building where windows are smashed.

We now see the people that actually have to live here and who are reading with this poverty;
“mother and daughter the last mistresses” by saying “mother and daughter” it suggests generations caught in poverty and theres no way to get out of it . the word “mistresses” has conotations of pride and an owner of a mansion or something spectacular. The poet deals with this part particulary well as he makes us think about how they are stuck within poverty and how it seems to be difficult to get out of it. We wonder why Morgan has to show that there is some hope. This use of irony further highlights the absurdity of the extent of poverty that they are actually in.

we continue to move on and see that things seem to just be getting harder and Morgan uses everyday objects to describe the life situation;
“around them the cracks deepen”

Here a metaphor is used in describing the cracks in life and socirty as

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BRIEF NOTES ON KEY QUOTES FROM THE "GLASGOW SONNETS (i)".   "A mean wind wanders" - Instantly a harsh environment is implied through "mean wind"; the wind has been personified as an evil, angry character with intent on causing harm. From the word "wanders", the wind is travelling aimlessly/ has no planned route; therefore, the wind is being described as a thug that is aimlessly travelling down the backcourt careless of whom or to what that it may harm. "Hackles on puddles rise" - this imagery illustrates the harsh wind's intentions. The puddles have been placed under attack; this is illustrated through Morgan's use of imagery. Hackles are the hairs found along the back of an animal that rise when alarmed or angry; therefore, the wind's harshness is causing issues for the puddles. This adds to the despair which inhibits this bleak area. "old mattresses puff briefly and subside" - this quote suggests that the mattresses are ready for a fight because they "puff briefly", they are making themselves bigger but they loose their courage and subside; the "mean" wind is to harsh, is a thug. "Play-fortresses" - the bleak conditions are hightened when Morgan writes about a children's playing area as a play-fortress. This word combinations is very interesting because a fortress is a building designed for defence against an enemy, therefore implying that the children are defending themselves from their environment, the invading decay. However, the word "play" suggests that the children are merely playing games which involve them being put under attack, if so, this is ironic because the children are indeed under attack; attack from their disintegrating environment and ultamately that of poverty. the quote then continues: " ... of bric and bric-a-brac" - reading this part of the quote you, as the reader, are made to have sympathy for the children playing their games; they are playing with discarded waste. This shows there is no hope for them - poverty will swallow them.  "have no windows left to smash" - the word choice featured in this quote is also interesting because it gives the reader an insight into the area. What you can gather is that four storeys of the block of flats have no more windows - they have all been smashed. What is interesting, however, is that he writes "left to smash", this implies that if there were any windows people would smash them regardless. This continues this idea of the area being bleak, it implies that…