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MacCaig starts the poem by setting the scene he is in a hospital visiting a friend. In the first stanza MacCaig is uncomfortable in his surroundings he is very apprehensive towards the hospital. For instance "The hospital smell combs my nostrils" this suggests the idea that the hospital smells but for MacCaig he can't just smell it he can feel it as if the smell was brushing his noise hair. MacCaig has started the poem with a contrast in a joke like manner this develops the idea of his lightheartedness at the start.
MacCaig uses the technique of repetition to emphasis his feelings. For example " I will not feel, I will not feel". This makes us the reader more aware that he is in fact feeling something he is in denial and can't take the situation in.
When MacCaig reaches his relative he is feeling very sad and shocked as if he is just realizing how bad and ill his relative is. For instance "And between
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- "The hospital smell combs my nostrils" this suggests the idea that the hospital smells but for MacCaig ...
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Norman MacCaig, MacCaig,
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Norman MacCaig, hospitals, word choice, metaphors, dieing, bed sheets, pain, withered, image, nostrils, forgetfulness, stanza, individuality, joke, remarkable, lightheartedness, cave, hair, the hospital, plant, visual, picture, experience, professional, various, the smell, the idea, the start, the technique, the writer,