An essay I did in year 8 (UK) comparing "Glasgow Sonnet" and "Westminster Bridge".

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Glasgow sonnet and Westminster Bridge are very different poems. Edwin Morgan describes Glasgow as a cold, dark and a depressing place, were as William Wordsworth describes Westminster as a warm, light and uplifting place. This essay will compare these poems.

In Glasgow sonnet, Edwin Morgan describes Glasgow as having a mean wind. "A mean wind wonders though the backcourt trash". This suggests that the wind blows around rubbish, so no one bothers to collect the rubbish. The poet describes Glasgow as having puddles with "hackles" on them. It says in the poem "hackles on puddles rise". The meaning suggested is that the wind (again) is making the puddles ripple. This means that there is a bitter wind blowing around Glasgow. A powerful image is created when the poet describes how the mattresses puff up. "Old mattresses puff up briefly and subside". This suggests again that the wind is blowing harshly.

The poet describes the streets as having old play-fortresses that children used to play in. "Play-fortresses of brick-a-brack spill out some ash". This means that children used to live and play there with the fortresses but they do not live there any more because the place is too worthless. In the poem the writer talks about a derelict block of flats that no one will knock down. "The black block condemned to stand not crash". This suggests that the block of flats will not be knocked down. It also means that it is too worthless to bother paying to knock down so it just has to stand there forever. The poet describes the inside of the building as having mould growing from wall to wall. "Roses of mould grow from ceiling to wall". This means that no one cleans the building any more because it is too worthless. It could...