Posted at 10.29.2018
Imagery is a powerful thing so when presented properly can really enhance the reader's experience of the text they are reading. This is expertly illustrated in Edwin Morgan's poem "Glasgow Green" in which Morgan deals with the darker area of Glasgow's city life and recreates a truly unpleasant scene of your homosexual rape.
Morgan begins the poem by developing a dark, oppressive atmosphere where he weaves an undercurrent of menace and violence. Then goes on to utilize Glaswegian slang to convey the situation through the rapist's perspective and also to add more focus on just how violent the problem is. The next verse shows Morgan placing pressure on the fact that there is no phycological sense of safeness. He goes on to improve his style of writing in the next verse by the use of elevated language to mention his feelings on the situation and a feeling of urgency in his need to help. Morgan uses clear biblical recommendations to further increase his so this means, adding better depths from what he's saying and the image he's aiming to create.
In a poem arranging a scene is more challenging than in a novel therefore therefore have to be more smart about how you go about it. It needs to be more subtle and yet once described easy to understand. Morgan acieves this in the first stanza through his use of alliteration and personification.
"Clammy midnight, moonless mist. "
This has connotations of unpleasantness, cold sweat due to dread and by his use of the term "moonless" we've a frightening picture of your park during the night in pitch darkness. The alliteration of the letter "m" creates a mumbling atmosphere in which no one can see. "mist" offers an illusion of water, wetness, washing and sanitation but Morgan's use from it is to produce the exact contrary image. He uses it as a sinister image adding yet another obstical and furthering the opressiveness of the situation. I believe he has used this effectively because it allows me to create an acurate image of the problem for myself.
However, Morgan then extendes my knowledge of the problem by including personification:
this is facts that humanity is throughout. To perspire coldly is to be in a chilly sweat and this only happens to us whenever we are in our most frightened. It really is a comparison because we usually associate "sweating" with being too hot which is the mechanism our bodies use to cool us, and yet in this Morgan uses it to convey the growing dread and horror. This i found to be an interesting way to create a setting up and it worked well well in the fact that i possibly could feel the feelings that Morgan required me to feel and see the scene just how he intended. For me personally it added another level to the storyplot with which only enhances my pleasure in reading it.
Morgan continues on to provide a stark perception into the simple fact of the situation by speaking from the rapist's view point which suceedings in shocking and also creating an occurrence in which no person really can envision what would be like to maintain. Morgan uses repition to operate a vehicle home the point that people have to face up to the actual fact that kind of occurrence is a part of life
"Christ but i'm gaun to perhaps you have Mac
. . . , start you bastard
turn over. . . "
This is a rather unsual but effective way of adding a different sizing to the incident. We are not expecting it therefore it is perfect to set-up the correct thoughts induced by an occurrence like this. His use of the term "bastard" adds an extremely violent actuality to it that could not have been acomplished by every other word as it would not have got all the impact.
On the other side though Morgan uses repitition to help make the reader recognize that this an integral part of life and we need to figure out how to live with it. This might been seen as harshness on Morgan's part but he is merely doing the audience a favour, hoping to teach them about the globe where we live which can only just be a good thing. He brings the situation home to the reader by expressing:
". . . it is life, the sweat
is real, the wrestling under a bush
is real, the soiled starless river
is the true Clyde. "
Morgan is trying to create an incident in which we can believe is real no matter how unpleasant. He phrases this in a way that sugests he is gently seeking to remind the audience of something they already knew, they already understood of the darker side to the pavements of Glasgow but decided to go with never to notice until Morgan brings it to their attention in ways they can not possibly ignore. The repitition of "is real" provides sense of urgency, urgency for the reader to understand and be familiar with the assault in Glasgow.
There are extensive techniques available to poets to make use of to mention their landscape, all with varying examples of difficulty and significance but none as easy or difficult to set up as the utilization of the framework of the poem itself.
". . . through cleaning blows where in fact the women watch by day, and children run, on Glasgow Green. "
Through Morgan's selection of words the audience is able to discern that he is talking about a much different, more comfortable landscape than the incident illustrated previously but it is through his way of structuring the end of the stanza that provides the most incite into the imagery he is creating. The composition weaves out then in, out and in; this is mirroring the moves of the sheets as they blow in the wind flow, flapping throughout the participating in children who are jogging around them. I find this the most intriguing way of fabricating an atmosphere because as something so simple they have given me the audience much in way of information which only lends a side to my creativity; it adds looks, the flapping in the air flow as well as the playful ways of children; all arriving together to make a rather inviting nice destination to be.
In conclusion, by using many poetic techniques "Glasgow Green" by Edwin Morgan suceeds in recreating an incident of homosexual rape in a place we the audience know well, Glasgow. I throroughly relished this poem because it has concealed depths to which you must sink before you grasp the true design of Edwin Morgan and his abnormal but effective way to visualise a scene and then recreate in the reader's head was interesting and performed my attention throughout.