Glasgow 5 March 1971 by Edwin Morgan Essay

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Glasgow 5 March 1971 by Edwin Morgan

‘Glasgow 5 March 1971’ is a poem by Edwin Morgan which creates a picture of a corrupt figure, but in a way the corrupt figure can be seen as a hero if we look at the poem in the corrupt figures point of view, but generally no one would classify the corrupt figures of being heroes. The poem ‘Glasgow 5 March 1971’ is an instamatic poem, where the poet approaches to give an insight into the violent reality of the inner city life. From the title we see that it is informal and conveys the image of a headline report, to give a prosaic note of time and place.
But not only has the headline given us this feeling, as it seems like a written report of the incident the way the poet has not involved
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This is created by the word choice used by Edwin
Morgan, ‘complete the operation,’ as it suggests in a way that the youth are looking forward to ‘loot’ what they can from the shop, and not caring about the fallen couple but completed the days work for them, which they may seem proud or heroes for doing it but overall we would look at them being corrupt. But on the other hand it gives us the image that it is he beginning to the couple’s surgical operation.

The fact that the attackers continue on with their work and did not give another thought to what they did or see what they have caused of the couple being in a terrible state, and end up feeling guilty shows us their lack of concern for people:

“to loot what they can smartly

Their faces show no expression.”

It shows how the attackers are heartless and do not feel any shame or shock to what they have done but the poet does contrast the attacker’s reaction to the couple’s reaction of ‘surprise,’ ‘shock’ and ‘pain’ which therefore really makes the attackers stand out and seem more violent and that they have no heart with feelings. Also the word
‘smartly’ at the end of the line shows us how they are concerned about no one else but to ‘complete the operation’ and gives us the image of the rate of speed they are moving about in.

The attackers stand out and the poet conveys them to be corrupt as the pain the

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