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DUFFY - MRS.MIDAS

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Introduction

MRS. MIDAS Subject: the poem is a Greek mythological poem about King Midas of Phrygia who had his wish granted everything he touches turns into gold. The poem is about the consequences of choosing money and greed which is presented to the readers through the wife's perspective. Duffy presents a wide range of emotions through Mrs. Midas's persona. Mrs. Midas complains about his husband's selfishness and greed. Duffy gives a voice to women unheard in history. Duffy takes a historical character and translates them into present day. "Mrs. Midas" turns the noble king Phrygia into a pathetic greed middle-aged man. The mood changes as the poem proceeds, reaching its peak of fear in the fifth to eleventh stanza then calmly comes down as Midas draws close to death. The language the character uses informs the reader about the mood of the poem. In the second and third of the first stanza Midas uses personified the kitchen as "its steamy breath gently blanching the windows". This sets the calm relaxing atmosphere of the poem before the crisis. ...read more.

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Money is not a solution to everything as she addresses the middle class who adore money. The class backgrounds of the characters are middle-classes as they drink Italian "wine". Wealth is trivial if not used to solve problems like in this poem. Mrs. Midas uses adverbs such "gently" to emphasis how calm and relaxed she was before the crisis. In the first stanza Mrs. Midas uses personification, for instance she said "the ground seems to drink the light of the sky". The dynamic verb "drink" personifies the ground as a human. The quote means the day changes to night. Mrs. Midas uses symbolism in the poem; "rich" symbolizes gold referring to Midas having to spit out the golden corn out of his mouth. Another symbolism used in the poem is "work of art" which symbolizes a statue which her husband would turn her into like he touches her. What is Liberal Democracy? Liberal Democracy is an indirect and representative form of democracy whereby the right to rule is gained through success in competitive elections on the basis of political equality. ...read more.

Conclusion

For example in the sixth stanza Mrs. Midas said "have wishes; granted. But who has wished granted? Duffy uses clever wordplay the first phrase is used as to notice that Midas has his wish "granted" and the second is turned into a question by using the past verb "granted". Duffy does this to achieve a verbal humour. Define Representative democracy Representative democracy is a limited and indirect form of democracy whereby the representatives act and speak on behalf of the people. The representatives can be chosen and removed by the public through elections. In a representative democratic state popular participation in government is limited and indirect to the act of voting very few years for a representative to represent them. There are uses of rhetoric in the poem. For example in the last stanza Mrs. Midas uses a repair "his hands, his warm hands". Duffy uses repair to make Mrs. Midas' character seem more realistic. The poem is made up of eleven sestet stanzas. Most of the stanza are arranged perfectly to form a stanza. However in the in the fifth stanza the lines are merely joined together to make a stanza they are separated. ...read more.

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