In the 1960s he started to write openly about gay love.Morgan was also a highly respected translator, winning the 2001 Weidenfeld Prize for Translation.
This use of irony further highlights the absurdity of the extent of poverty that they are actually in.
One of Scotland’s most beloved poets, and Glasgow’s first poet laureate, Edwin Morgan, was born in Glasgow and lived there for most of his life.
We now see the people that actually have to live here and who are reading with this poverty; “mother and daughter the last mistresses” by saying “mother and daughter” it suggests generations caught in poverty and theres no way to get out of it .
the word “mistresses” has conotations of pride and an owner of a mansion or something spectacular.
The use of word choice immediately introduces the theme of purposelessness to the reader and creates a vivid portrayal of the scene.
Glasgow sonnet is a touching poem written by Edwin Morgan and is about how Glasgow used to be, years ago and the effects that it had on people. Hackles on puddles rise, old mattresses puff briefly and subside. The man lies late since he has lost his job, smokes on one elbow, letting his coughs fall thinly into an air too poor to rob.Play-fortresses of brick and bric-a-brac spill out some ash. He translated work from Russian, Portuguese, Latin, Hungarian, French, German, Italian, and other languages. Widely recognized as one of the most influential Scottish poets of the 20th century, Morgan was named the first Scots Makar, or Scottish national poet, in 2004. 'Glasgow, 5th March, 1971', by Edwin Morgan, is a modern poem about a shocking crime committed upon 'a young man and his girl' by 'two youths' and witnessed by two expressionless drivers who pass by without turning a hair.Play-fortressesof brick and bric-a-brac spill out some ash. Four storeys have no windows left to smash,but the fifth a chipped sill buttressesmother and daughter the last mistressesof that black block condemned to stand, not crash. He structures the poem in Petrarchan sonnet form, using an octave to describe the exterior of the building and a sestet to describe the interior.The themes explored throughout the poem are unconventionally dark for a classical sonnet form and Morgan does this in order to contrast between stereotypical connotations of sonnets such as love and romance and the morbid themes conveyed here.The poet deals with this part particulary well as he makes us think about how they are stuck within poverty and how it seems to be difficult to get out of it.We wonder why Morgan has to show that there is some hope.