From his hotel room in New York during a trip in the mid-sixties, MacCaig considers the nature of society, and whether it has come as far as its technological advances would suggest.
In the opening stanza, what is compared to a jumbo size dentist's drill?
jumbo size dentist's drill
Pan Am skyscraper
Empire State Building
What is the form of 'Hotel Room, 12th Floor'?
What is implied by MacCaig's description of a helicopter as a damaged insect'?
That it seems insignificant and small
That it is an impressive symbol of technological achievement
That it shows the power of technological achievement
Towards the end of the opening stanza, what does the focus shift to?
Darkness is described as being shot at by a million lit windows. What theme does this develop?
shot at by a million lit windows
In stanza two, which sense does MacCaig regularly refer to?
What is suggested by the specification that the screaming emits from coldwater flats?
That these are the only flats that are dangerous
That the people in those flats are more violent
That poorer sections of society are most vulnerable
In what manner does MacCaig describe rural America?
The same as modern America
What does MacCaig refers to in the closing stanza?
Which of these is not a central theme in the poem?