How good it is to see a poet engaging with an occurrence of this nature, a shocking murder. Why? Because these things happen and, while we perhaps grow inured to seeing on television the emotional fallout resulting from murder, it does not often happen that painters, musicians or poets tackle such an event, if at all. And each form of artistic endeavour can bring its own tools to bear on the subject. So Armitage does it by imaginatively entering into Sophie Lancaster's own character and experience. He does this beautifully, deploying rhythm, rhyme, words, the structure and spacing of the lines, evoking both the ordinariness and uniqueness of this young person, culminating in the horror of her final moments. The poet permits us to see murder through the perceptions of the person who is murdered, something which of course can never happen in reality. And, at the same time, the poem is a sad but vital commemoration of the young girl whose life was so violently cut short. It allows us to know her.