Presentation on theme: "Visiting Hour by Norman MacCaig"— Presentation transcript:
1 Visiting Hour by Norman MacCaig The poem is about MacCaig’s experience as he goes to the hospital to visit his wife.The poem takes us through his journey through the hospital, his thoughts and feelings until he get so his wife’s ward.
2 Stanza 3 I will not feel, I will not Feel, until I have to. Poet chanting to himself – trying to control his emotions (painful) Tension in the poem builds here – he knows he’ll have to face emotions sometime.Repetition
3 Stanza 4Conveys a busy hospital atmosphere – nurses going everywhere at one and always on the go.Nurses walk lightly, swiftly, Here and up and down and there, Their slender waists miraculously Carrying their burden Of so much pain, so Many deaths, their eyes Still clear after so many farewells.SyntaxThey cope well with death – admires themWord choiceContrastHighlights difference between poet and the nurses
4 Stanza 5Minor SentenceThe bed/curtain, she’s not really consciousWard 7. She lies in a white cave of forgetfulness. A withered hand trembles on its stalk. Eyes move behind eyelids too heavy to raise. Into an arm wasted of colour a glass fang is fixed, not guzzling but giving. And between her and me distance shrinks till there is none left but the distance of pain that neither she nor I can cross.MetaphorWeakness/thin/fragile like a flowerWord ChoiceVampire image reversed. The needle a fang – feels pityAlliterationHe gets close to her (kiss her?) but the pain is a barrier between them – feels hopeless
5 Stanza 6She knows he’s thereShe smiles a little at this Black figure in her white cave Who clumsily rises In the round swimming waves of a bell And dizzily goes off, growing fainter, Not smaller, leaving behind only Books that will not be read And fruitless fruits.ContrastShe has let go of control, feels faint/moving awayWord ChoicePunParadoxHighlights her situation and his distress. It seems a pointless situation – he can’t do anything to help