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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND

NEWCASTLE  UPON  TYNE,    ENGLAND

Half-Scot,  half-English  and  ill at ease with the past,
Newcastle is sooty black from its coaly drama, 
And  the breathless town was always  in a hurry to grow, 
Narrowly avoiding  destruction of its past or leaping  over it.

Up on the plateau, industrial power-engine city:
Its earlier  Norman Castle and Black Gate narrowly missed  
By  the frenetic  hammers  of  eager   Victorian builders. 
Elegantly-proportioned  Grainger Street  and Central Rail Station 
Pause unwillingly to admit the  Scottish-style  lantern-spired
Sandstone  cathedral  with its delicate shade of sooty industrial black. 

Down at the riverside  - an earlier  town of shipyards and arms factories,
Quayside warehouses with watertight flood-doors,
Its precipitous  narrow  old port-streets  carved into the gorge walls
And pierced by cold winds from the North Sea,
Is leaped over by a platoon of  high-level  metal bridges.  
Across the Tyne, inelegant, they grab the opposite bank and bind the city to England.


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NOTE:     1    Newcastle is situated on the north ( = Scottish ) side of the River Tyne.  
                     The town was an epicenter of the Industrial Revolution, 
                     with  coal, steel, chemical,  engineering, and shipbuilding
                     industries, and was also a major seaport.
                     
               2    Norman Castle, Black Gate   are remnants of a pre-medieval  past.
               
               3    Grainger Street, Central Rail Station are 19th century redeveloped areas.
               
               4    Cathedral   (St. Nicholas)  dates  from  14th century.




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  1. Date: 2/4/2011 1:39:00 PM
    Your work describes this part of the British Isles pervasively well. If I ever visit there, I would like to see these places you have mentioned.