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Poetry

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Poetry

In the following Bite you will study a poem by Anne Frater. When you have finished studying it, you will have the opportunity to answer a literature question on it.

GLASCHU

'S math a ghlan iad d' aodann:smùr nan linntean air a sgrìobadh's air a sguabadh air falbhle siabann gainmhich;'s tha do cheann dorch a-nisruadh is bàn is bòidheach

Tha clòimh-liath fhathast a' fàsair do bhallachan,ach dè 'n diofar ...fhad 's nach seall duine 'na do bhroinnchan fhaic iad an aillsea tha ga lobhadh;chan fhaic iad an suarachadhair cùlaibh nan uinneagan lasracha' falachd ann am breugan do shùilean.

'S nuair a tha d' àilleachd gar dalladh's do mhaise gar mealladhcoma leats' mu na tuillann an sàilean do bhrògan.

English version

GLASGOW

They scrubbed your face well:the dirt of centuries scrapedand swept awaywith sandy soap;and your dark head is nowred and fair and lovely.

Mould still growson your walls,but who cares...?As long as nobody looks inside youthey will not see the cancer festering;they will not see the wretchednessbehind the gleaming windows,hiding in your deceiving eyes.

And when your beauty dazzles usand your merit entices usnever mind about the holesin the soles of your shoes.

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