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The poem is about "girlfriends" hence the title, having an erotic passionate night. It says in the first line of the first stanza "we slept in a single bed". This introduces the readers to the theme and subject of the poem. The poem is written in a dramatic monologue with a female voice and her perspective, she reveals her the affection. The unknown female uses of lexical choices describe and show the readers what's happening in the poem. For example, here is a list of verbs used in the poem ("reached", "pressed", "kissed"). All this verbs are past tense and monosyllabic verbs. The unknown female cleverly uses the simplicity of verbs to describe the lust and sensational erotic actions in the poem. The verbs used by the unknown female are dynamic and feminine verbs used to paint a vivid imagine for the readers to imagine as the erotic actions of the poem is taking place. ...read more.


Also the "air" is being metaphorically compared to a fruit such as orange which its juice can be squeezed out from. The poem is a flashback; this is evident due to the used of past verbs such as "pressed". In the beginning of the poem the female speaker says "that hot September night" which shows that she is recounting on the event that happened. Alliteration is used in the poem. For example, the opening line of the poem includes alliteration: "September night we slept in a single", the sound of "s" is used to give the readers that the poem is about sex. Herrmann said "I count myself an individualist" Duffy uses onomatopoeia in the poem. For example, the readers hear the speakers' voice: "de da de da de da". Duffy wants the readers to relate personally with the female speaker therefore she allows them t o her hear her voice. ...read more.


What is Democracy? Democracy is rule by the people. This is reflected in the idea of government by the people therefore key political decisions are made by the people. Democracy reflects the idea of equal citizenship whereby each citizen has the right to influence political decisions. For example, in February 2003 one and a half million citizens took to the streets of London. They are protesting against UK's involvement in the Iraq war. This reflects 'people power' to influence political decisions. England is an example of a democratic state while North Korea is an example of an undemocratic state. 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. ...read more.

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