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In The Snack Bar by Edwin Morgan
I picked this poem because I could picture the main character and his daily struggle clearly as I read the poem. Edwin Morgan used a lot of descriptions within the poem describing the surrounding area of the café and described the main character. The main theme that runs thought the whole poem is one of the daily struggle that an elderly gentleman’s has to go through although people might be aware of his presence they are ignorant to the fact of the help and support that he might need.
This is portrayed in the poem by the following lines:-
“An old man is trying to get to his feet”
“Slowly he leavers himself up, his hands have no power.” “He is as far up as he can get. The dismal hump looming over him forces his head down” “The face not seem, bent down in a shadow under his cap” “Even on his feet he is staring at the floor or would be if he could see”
Edwin Morgan’s descriptions uses a lot of literary techniques to help us picture the character one of the techniques he uses is juxtaposition this is used to show that nobody is really interested in this gentleman.
“A few heads turn in the crowded evening snack bar.”
Juxtaposition again is used describing the gentleman getting to his feet with no self-esteem or status. “Slowly he leavers himself up, his hands have no power”
The word leavers also could represent the hard mechanical movement that the hands go through slow and stiff.
The next literary technique showed enjambment something that has more than one meaning this is shown in
“The dismal hump looming over him forces his head down”
This line could mean that the character has a humped back but it can also mean that the character has a dark cloud hanging over him no self-esteem, no status. That he is unseen in today’s society.
“He stands in his stained beltless gabardine like a monstrous animal caught in a tent.”
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