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The Twin Towers (2001 AD) Notes

Notes on "The Twin Towers (2001 AD)" by Edwin Morgan.

Pawel Swietlicki

on 4 May 2011

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The Twin Towers (2001 AD) Intro Edwin Morgan's poem "The Twin Towers" is about the tragic events of the 9/11 bombings.The poem reveals the effects of the attack on the victims and the terrorists. The poet uses powerful imagery and uses structure to show the devestating impact of the 9/11 attacks of the World Trade Centre and create the theme of loss/death/destruction. Topic sentance 1 The beginning of the poem suggests the full extent of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre. The first lines of the poem start with "for" as Morgan methodically lists those key places destroyed by the attack. The places seem comforting and pleasant which creates contrast to the next stanza. Some works of art were also lost: "Miro three tone taperstry". The "windows on the world" was America's most profitable restaurant. Direct tone suggests that there is no escape from the attack, this makes tension. Topic sentance 2 The second stanza graphically depicts the savage nature of the aircraft crashing into the tower. Morgan uses intense language to express the ruthless onslaught: "Twisted metal, scalding jet fuel". The poet commands the reader: "You must imagine it". Alliteration is used to emphesise the drama of the scene: "Fire, fear, baffled frenzy". He also depicts those that "escaped only into the air". This is ironic as the writer then tells us that they were jumping from the "highest windows". Morgan then askys us to "think of the pity of that". For him the human cost was unimaginable. Topic sentance 3 The second stanza also asks us to consider the thoughts of the terrorists. Morgan finds it difficult to understand the motives of the terrorists: "Can you think of the pilots too". The use of "Can" suggests doubt as we enter the minds of the terrorists. Their flight is being described as "That accurate blaze of impact". This suggests the deliberate and methodical approach and how extreme their actions were - The impacts of the events at this specific location. "Is it not high? You must say so!" The use of a rhetorical question followed by a command sentance with an excamation emphesises the poet's strenght of feeling. Topic sentance 4 The idea of compassion is developed in the final stanza of the poem. The geisha girl's comb suggests the fragility of the "ruined shell of half a tower". "Stood rakish against the sky" - Suggesting that it is more defiant then it originaly was; it has "become the monument it should become". The mood is tender and melancholy. The geisha girl is also a referance to world war 2; the attacks on Pearl Harbour where America was caught off guard. It is very similar to the WTC attacks. - The scale of devestation is emphesised by this. Conclusion To conclude, the "Twin Towers (2001 AD)" is a powerful poem that exemplifies the terror of the attacks on the WTC. The poem expresses the theme of loss and shows the reader - through imagery - the extent of the damage and pain that was inflicted on America.
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