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Carol Ann Duffy

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Harry Hare 10Q Carol Ann Duffy writes poetry, which reveal disturbing aspects of human behaviour and the human nature. I will be writing about these three poems, 'Salome', 'Before you were mine', and 'Stealing'. I will be going into deeper meanings with these poems showing what is revealed and how it is revealed. Te three poems all have more than one theme. In Salome, the theme is revenge, and it also has a strong sexual element. The main idea in the text of before you were mine is a sexual element, but one between the mother and daughter which is very disturbing. We can see this firstly in the title, "Before you were mine". The word mine has slight sexual connotations. ...read more.

Middle

First of all, Stealing starts and ends with a rhetorical question, to give the poem shape. In Before you were mine, the poem ends by saying "before you were mine", which also gives it shape. All of the poems have four or five stanzas, which structure the poem as most stanzas have the same amount of lines. In Salome, the main character Salome is symbolic for Eve, and all other women who use sex as a means of corrupting the souls of men. The first four lines of this poem suggest she is having a one-night stand and will continue having them, but she also needs a physical satisfaction, "good-looking, of course". This suggests she only has one need for men, and that is physical satisfaction, and not emotional satisfaction. ...read more.

Conclusion

The narrative voice in Salome and before you were mine are obviously feminine, but in stealing, there are not many clues given. One of the clues is, "I booted him". Boot has masculine connotations, but also the speaker could just be taking his/her anger out on men. In my opinion the speaker speaks quite estuary language, for example, "flogged it", "bust of Shakespeare", "booze and fags", "beater or blighter", and "ma". These are all slang terms from the three poems, and show the speaker is speaking of quite a low-average register of language. By the speaker's socialect, we can tell that she could be from a working class or middle class background. To conclude, I think the poems are well structured, have much deeper meanings than most people realise, and that they do go into the morally wrong aspects of human nature. ...read more.

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