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Compare and contrast the poems Mrs Faust and Eurydice

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Tom Gatenby Compare and contrast the poems Mrs Faust and Eurydice The poems Mrs Faust and Eurydice are taken form the collection of poems called 'The Worlds Wife'. The collection is written by Carol Ann Duffy, it is a compilation of poems that explores feminist principles, the state of feminism today and other such similar topics. The poem Mrs Faust however is not particularly a feminist poem; instead it looks into the shallow materialistic values of our society. Eurydice has feminist connotations, again though is not particularly a strongly feminist poem. Mrs Faust is written in a style that attracts the reader's attention, the opening passage has conversational undercurrents, which has the effect of involving the reader, and in effect urging the reader to read on. "First things first-" the first line of the poem is an excellent example of the conversational tone that Carol Ann Duffy has adopted. This style of writing is also in effect in the poem Eurydice, again the opening statement is a good example of this. "Girls, I was dead and down in the underworld," in this she has taken the conversational tone to the next level. ...read more.

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"Then take his lust to Soho in a cab," the colloquialisms used in conjunction with the conversation tone again make it easier for the reader to relate to. Another thing that appears throughout Duffy's work is the strong sexual connotations. Yet in both these poems the sexual connotations are far less obvious then in other poems by Duffy. In Faust there are some sexual references for example the reference to whores and lust. Yet it is only in passing and does not intrude into the poem, as in this case feminism is not a pivotal ideal of the poem. The structure of Mrs Faust is quite conforming compared to the other more structurally radical poems Duffy has written. It is written in clear stanzas that are all of similar length. The punctuation is fairly ordinary. In fact throughout the poem there is very little use of poetic devices. There is rhyme within the poem yet is does not conform to any particular scheme, the rhyme is not particularly traditional, it rhymes words with other words that when spoken in a normal dialect would not rhyme. ...read more.

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There is also a revelation towards the end of Eurydice. The revelation in effect turns the myth up side down, in terms of its meaning. "Orpheus, your poems a masterpiece. I'd love to here it again..."In the poem it seems Orpheus turned around due to his arrogance and pride, in contrast to the actual myth, where he turns around to make sure Eurydice is alright. The arrogance displayed by Orpheus could be construed as a reference to the relative arrogance of men. In my opinion these are two good examples of the mastery Duffy has over verse and language. They are two strong poems from her collection, which display the clever way in which she interprets old myths and folklore and brings them up to date. Mrs Faust in particular I think is very strong. The fast pace of the poem relates well to the fast pace nature of our modern society, the revelation at the end is also very clever. There is also a rhythm that moves the poem along and adds to its effect. Both the story telling nature of her poems and the morals that they spread coupled with the interesting use of poetic devices bind together to create an excellent compilation of poems. ...read more.

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