In the Snack Bar

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“In the Snackbar.” Emma Louise Gall “In the Snackbar,” by Edwin Morgan, tells the story of an experience the poet had whilst in a Snackbar in Glasgow. He helps a disabled, old man who is struggling to go to the toilet. We have chosen this poem as it has been written as a result of an anxiety: this experience worried the poet and gave him cause for concern. Edwin Morgan used many poetic techniques, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia and similes to portray his anxieties and worries. The first stanza uses alliteration to immediately draw our attention to the old man: “A cup capsized along the formatica, Slithering with a dull clatter.” A simple cup has caused the Snackbar to fall silent…show more content…
I press the pedal of the drier...” The old man cannot do any of these things for himself so he relies on others to do them for him; “climb” is repeated in the same way as “I” was: “He climbs. We climb. He climbs.” The word “climb” is used as an exaggeration here as that simple trip had turned into an expedition. Even though the old man has been through so much, he does not give: “...persisting patience of the undefeated.” The poor old man will not be held back by his disabilities, he will carry on through it. When the poet told us of the journey back to the cafe, up through the stairs he says: “The faltering, unfaltering steps.” Which represent both the old man and the poet’s steps, showing that with every step the old man takes he is stumbling and tripping, being very cautious, whereas the poet is walking steadily and tackling the steps with confidence, into the cafe and to the door. As the poet leaves him he says: “I watch him helped onto a bus, it shudders off in the rain.” The old man is gone, but yet the poet cannot stop thinking about him, the elderly man had such an impact on the poet. The poet now worries about the old man and hopes he arrives home safely. Stanza three is where the poet reflects on the old man and thinks about how he must live his life. Edwin Morgan creates an image of how the world is to the old man: “Wherever he could go it would be dark.” The poet is
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