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Glasgow 5th March Essay

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1 Essay Writing for Glasgow 5 th March 1971

2 What the examiners are looking for: 1.Understanding – am I showing I understand what the writer is trying to do? 2.Analysis – can I name and explain the techniques used? 3.Evaluation – can I form a personal opinion about the ideas in the text and support it with quotes? 4.Expression – can I write in a way that is clear and correct?

3 How to get a General Pass: 1.Clearly answer the question 2.Use quotes from the text to prove you are right 3.Show understanding of what the writer is trying to do 4.Write clearly and without any spelling or punctuation mistakes For a Credit Pass: Go that bit further. Other points that can be discussed: Use and effect of enjambment Use and effect of contrast Use and effect of irony Make sure that your personality comes through, your essay should stand out.

4 Show me, don’t tell me! DO NOT WRITE “ I think that…” E.G. “I think that Morgan is trying to say that city life is…” DO WRITE “Morgan is saying that…” By stating it, you are showing me that that is what you think, you do not have to tell me.

5 The question Chose a poem which describes a scene or incident vividly. Show how the author’s use of poetic techniques help make the scene vivid and memorable.

6 Step 1: Mind Mapping Glasgow 5 th – how is the scene made vivid?

7 Step 1: Mind Mapping Glasgow 5 th – how is the scene made vivid? Seems like true story Clear visual imagery blood pain Realistic characters violence Present tense Newspaper headline Everyday place but dark and wet Innocent victims Faceless criminal s Society just drives by

8 Step 2: How to PEEL Glasgow 5 th – how is the scene made vivid? The ideas will become paragraphs in your essay Each paragraph follows a simple structure: –P –E –L

9 Step 2: How to PEEL 1.Point 2.Evidence 3.Explain 4.Link back to question

10 Step 2: How to PEEL 1.Point (what I will show in this paragraph) 2.Evidence (quote from the poem) 3.Explain (explain how this proves my point, unpack any techniques, and give a personal reaction to them) 4.Link back to question (show how this answers the question)

11 Step 2: How to PEEL: example Glasgow 5 th – how is the scene made vivid? In “Glasgow, 5 th March 1971”, the poet creates a vivid description of a violent incident. One of the best ways he does this is by describing the injuries to the victims: “The young man’s face is bristling with fragments of glass” Morgan uses a metaphor to create a horrible picture of the young man’s face. The shards of glass seem to make a beard, there are so many. This is effective because it shows us how many pieces are embedded, and how he will be scarred. This horrible image is one of the ways the scene is made vivid and memorable.

12 Step 2: How to PEEL © www.mrsharpetheteacher.com Glasgow 5 th – how is the scene made vivid? In “Glasgow, 5 th March 1971”, the poet creates a particularly vivid description of a violent incident. One of the most powerful ways he does this is by describing the injuries to the victims: “The young man’s face is bristling with fragments of glass” Morgan uses a metaphor to create a disturbing picture of the young man’s face. The shards of glass seem to make a beard, there are so many. This is effective because it shows us how many pieces are embedded, and how he will be scarred. This horrible image is one of the ways the scene is made vivid and memorable. PEELPEEL

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…show more content…

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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