‘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
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
himself in the poem, but conveys the idea of someone standing back
watching the incident or someone that knows the young couple, besides
that the present tense is used to give immediacy.
The poem can be split into three parts, as there are three couples
involved. The beginning of the poem shows us the young couple are
passing by maybe looking at diamond engagement rings, when suddenly
they are used as human bricks by two young attackers, and fall
backwards into the shop window, suffering the start to bad pain and
injuries. While the two attackers continue to go ahead and snatch what
they can from this shop. At the meantime the two drivers passing by,
focusing on the road ahead trying to avoid the situation, and don’t
bother helping. This shows two corrupt figures, the drivers and the
Firstly, the attackers can be classified as corrupt figures due to the
way they have treated the young couple as it disgusts us:
“The two youths who have pushed them
are about to c...
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...ves why are they? But the incident was
caused by the attackers.
The poet makes use of irony throughout the poem which gives us a
clearer image of the poem as it shows how fast the poem is going with
the violence and the pictures are moving about in our mind.
In conclusion the poet has created the attackers to be corrupt as they
stand out and we do have a reaction towards them. But throughout the
poem the poet shows us all kinds of techniques but at the very last
line of the poem Edwin Morgan reveals the message across to us. It
makes us wonder about the society we live in, where things happen and
are ignored and gives us a brief insight to the violence in the inner
city and such ignorance people have. In fact, the last line is very
much thought provoking, as why are the drivers so ignorant as well as
that it makes us think about the world around us.
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