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My analysis of Duffy's 'Rapture'

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Introduction

'In the poetry collection 'Rapture', Carol Ann Duffy presents a negative view of love and relationships.' To what extent do you agree? Carol Ann Duffy's 'Rapture' is a collection of poems, which express different views of love. Each of the poems have different meanings and are carefully constructed by the poet. She uses different themes in her poetry such as tea and grief, to illustrate Carol Ann Duffy's point that many objects can be linked with love. 'Art' is one of many poems from Carol Ann Duffy's 'Rapture'. In the poem, a person is speaking to their lover. The tone throughout the poem is depressing. It contains no positive thoughts on the topic of love and relationships. The person reminisces the love she/he had for her/his lover. The poem comes to a climax towards the end, this signifies the end of their relationship. The poem is set out as three stanzas containing four lines and a forth stanza, which is in fact a rhyming couplet. ...read more.

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The phrase 'suspension of disbelief' was thought of by the poet and philosopher, Samuel Taylor Coleridge to illustrate the use of non-realistic elements in literature. The thrum of their blood is referred to as 'percussion', literally this suggests a thumping heartbeat. But as the word 'percussion' has connotations of drama and passion, the poet could also be referring to a great work of art. On the other hand, it could refer to the relationships and the collisions within it. Duffy begins to refer to something as 'minor'. Through using the word 'minor', Duffy may be referring to the minor key in music, which sounds sad, although on the other hand, she may be referring to 'minor' as 'unimportant'. Duffy has previously made reference to 'percussion' and great artwork, this helps to exaggerate the reduction, as it gradually builds up. Alternatively, great artwork and percussion are negative images to the poet and could be referred to as unimportant. Carol Ann Duffy uses alliteration when describing their kiss. ...read more.

Conclusion

In context, the phrase 'dried flowers' also shows the loss or death of their own relationship. In the third stanza, the tone becomes more dramatic; the poet suggests there is 'no choice for love'. She also puts across her point that without love, life is empty and desolate. This is evident when the poet says 'huge theatres for the echoes we left'. This could indicate a sense of solitude. Towards the end of the poem, Carol Ann Duffy uses a rhyming couplet. This is to signify the end lines of the poem. She also changes to second and third person using words such as 'your' and 'my'. This could indicate the separation of the two people towards the end. Whereas throughout the poem, she uses first person. The fact that she uses first person throughout the poem indicates how close the two people used to be. From the evidence stated, it is clear that in the poem 'Art' Duffy views love and relationships in a negative way. In each of her poems, although she compares love to a particular subject, for example, art, she highlights negative similarities linking with aspects of art. ...read more.

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