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Voice and Vision at 'Glasgow 5 March 1971' and 'Assisi Essay

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T.S. Eliot once implied that there were 'three listeners of poetry, ''' so it might be wise to start by asking what is meant by the expression 'voice,' and what is meant by the term 'eyesight?' Voice is an expression which has a variety of meanings - it could refer to the character the poet adopts whilst writing the poem; it could refer to the author's style; the writer's tone; and also the features of the speaker in the screenplay. With respect to this specific article I will assume that 'voice' describes both the author's style, and the author's tone. Conversely, the expression 'vision' could be more readily defined as the writer's purpose in writing the screenplay, along with any themes or messages conveyed to the reader. Both poems that I will make reference to ' are 'Assisi' by Norman MacCaig, also 'Glasgow 5 March 1971' by Edwin Morgan. By assessing the poet's tone and style in these poems it could be observed that both authors have a comparable 'vision.' Both Morgan and MacCaig use similar stylistic techniques in their own poems. This may be viewed immediately in the opening lines of each poem, as both wearers utilize sharp, dramatic imagery. Morgan's 'Glasgow 5 March 1971' opens with these lines: With a ragged diamond Of shattered plate-glass A young man and his girl Are falling backwards into a shop-window. The picture of a 'ragged diamond,' is a really strong picture that signifies danger and sharpness. The consequence of containing this sort of image in the first line of this poem is to shock the reader, and also to hint at a theme of violence, and which might be repeated later in the poem. Similarly, the opening lines of MacCaig's poem 'Assisi' will also be rather shocking, but much more subtly: The Dwarf along with his palms on backward Sat, slumped like a half-filled sofa In this ins...

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