Glasgow 5 March 1971
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With a ragged diamond
of shattered plate-glass
'Ragged diamond' shocking start contasts with ragged - diamonds are usually cut with precision shards of glass are like small sparkling diamonds
'Ragged' suggests sharpness a wound
a young man and his girl
are falling backwards into a shop-window.
'Falling backwards' when we find out later on that they have been pushed. We realise they were facing their attackers - more shocking
The young man's face
is bristling with fragments of glass
and the girl's leg has caught
on the broken window
'Bristling' Metaphor the pieces of glass are like stubble. The everyday nature of this image makes it more shocking and macabre -suggest pain
'Fragments' tiny pieces
and spurts arterial blood
over her wet-look white coat.
'Spurts' shows that the blood is gushing strongly from her wound. Describes the pulsing gush of the pressurised blood.
Shows the seriousness of her injuries - makes the incident more graphic
'wet- look' ironic the coat is designed to look wet but is now actually wet.
'White' - innocence, doctors coat, contrast of red on white
Their arms are starfished out
braced for impact,
'Starfished out' Metaphor - the couples arms are flung out as they try to get their balance/protect themselves (although it is too late) - shows the couples surprise
Their faces show surprise, shock,
the beginning of pain
'faCES SHow SurpriSe, SHock' alliteration adds to the horror of the situation - mimics the sound of shattering glass
The two youths who have pushed them
are about to complete the operation
'The two youths have pushed them' we only now find out what has happened this draws the reader in
'operation' the two youths have planned the attack links to the surgical operation the couple will need
reaching into the window
to loot what they can smartly.
Their faces show no expression.
'to loot' The youths have pushed them through the window so they call steal from the shop = brutal but effective method
'Smartly' Reinforces the youths priorities = speed and efficiency
'Their faces show no expression' The youths show no concern for the couple this contrasts with the couples surprise
It is a sharp, clear night
in Sauchiehall Street.
In the background two drivers
keep their eyes on the road.
'Sharp clear night' reflects sharpness of broken glass
'Clear night' good visibility the drivers can see what's happening
'Sauchiehall street' setting - revealed at the end of the poem adds to realism
'Keep their eyes on the road' The drivers can see what is going on but are choosing to look the other way and avoid getting involved highlights the theme of the poem = society's lack of concern for others