Emotional Analysis Of Visiting Hour By Norman Maccaaig

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Visiting hour

The poem “visiting hour” by Norman MacCaig creates a strong emotional response it it’s a very sad poem and will make the reader sad. The poem is about a man in a hospital, during visiting hour, visiting a loved one. He takes us on his journey through this hospital where all he sees is death and illness. As he walks down the corridor he tries not to show emotion, although this changes the minute he sees his loved one in a coma which reminds him where she is, and of her illness. He uses lots of techniques to express his pain and sadness, which makes the reader imagine his pain and sorrow creating the emotional response in the reader.

In the first couple of stanzas the poet, Norman MacCaig, creates a strong emotional response
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When the poet enters the room his loved one lies in she is in a coma, “eyelids too heavy to raise”, which gives the reader a sinking feeling as the poet realises she hasn’t got any better, maybe she has got worst. She is lying there still and lifeless which brings the sadness back to the reader as no one want to walk into a room and see their loved one lying in a coma. The poet then notices the “glass fang”, which is a metaphor for vampire but then he says the reality that this “glass fang” is “not guzzling but giving” and is probably what is keeping her alive, even though it looks like it is draining her of life. It causes a very strong emotional response as the reader wouldn’t want to see their loved one on the bed with a “glass fang” in them.

In the final stanza, he makes the reader sad as he assumes the inevitable will happen and she will die. He expresses this through metaphors such as a “black figure in her white cave”, which is a reference to the bright white hospital rooms and although he is the black figure he thinks she just sees a shadow which could be the grim reaper or even death himself, coming to end her journey. No one wants to deal with the sorrow of losing a loved one for good, as

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