In response to the last post’s poetic description of Edinburgh, this time we’ve got a response from the west coast: Edwin Morgan’s “Glasgow Sonnet i”. This is from a sequence of sonnets Morgan wrote, reflecting the not always pleasant realities of life in Glasgow.
A mean wind wanders through the backcourt trash.
From Collected Poems, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1990, p. 289.
Obviously Morgan’s not suggesting all of Glasgow is like that (don’t want the Glaswegian Tourist Board out for blood!), but it’s an unconventional contrast between form and content; the sonnet form is an interesting choice, of course: Sonnets conventionally being love poems, dealing with pleasant images.
If you’re interested in Morgan (why wouldn’t you be…) you can read more of his poetry here - http://www.edwinmorgan.com/index.html – or better yet, buy some of his books.
For more info on sonnets, you could try some of these:
- http://www.sonnets.org/ – a general site with information and examples of sonnets
- http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/writing-a-sonnet.html - for a step by step guide to writing sonnets
- http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/ – a complete collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets