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Hotel Room, 12th Floor - By Norman MacCaig Help required!


Posted 10 February 2006 - 06:10 PM

Does anybody have any notes that they'd be willing to share? Unfortunately I was off when this poem was taught.

The question asks me to select a poem in which a specific setting is strongly evoked, and to show how the poet creates this sense of place and/or time and discuss the relative importance of the setting to the poem as a whole. At least two of setting/theme/mood/symbolism or any appropriate feature should be mentioned.

I have selected the following quotations for my essay:

"This morning I watched from here
a helicopter skirting like a damaged insect"

"the Empire State Building, that
jumbo size dentist's drill"

"Its uncivilised darkness
is shot at by a million lit windows"

"the wildest of warwhoops continually uluating through
the glittering canyons and gulches"

"from coldwater flats, the blood
glazed on sidewalks."

I have a fair idea of what the poet is trying to say in each of these lines, but I need help analysing them and relating them to the question.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. smile.gif


Posted 11 February 2006 - 10:45 AM

I did it as TA practice might still have my notes on it - will look for them


Posted 13 February 2006 - 06:07 AM

Thanks, I'd greatly appreciate that!


Posted 13 March 2006 - 10:10 PM

We are currently using a textbook called "selected scottish poets" and that poem is in it

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