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The comparison of poemscomposed by Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy.

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The comparison of poems composed by Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy The three poems I have chosen to compare against one another are "November" written by Simon Armitage and "Salome" and "before you were mine" which were written by Carol Ann Duffy. Each poem has its own story to tell as they all include people in their poems. "Salome" refers to a biblical text involving John the Baptist, "Before you were mine" talks about a mother who remembers what life was like before having a child, and "November" talks about a grandmother, coming to the end of her life. All three poems are unhappy and dull poems. There is nothing lively about either of them. "Salome" is taken from the Bible in AD30. The play was written by Oscar Wilde, this was adapted to form the film "Godfather." It is almost too coincidental that the play and the poem were both written by a homosexual and a lesbian. In the story, King Herod marries the wife of his half-brother who is Herodius. ...read more.

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It seems as though Salome is taking her cruelty too casually. This line taken from the poem uses slang words like "booze" and "fags" which loses the formality of the context. "Before You Were Mine" is a poem talking about a mother who remembers what life used to be like before she had her child. The photo was taken ten years before she had had her child. We could say that it was Carol Ann Duffy herself addressing her own mother in the poem. She talks about how life back then was much more glamorous than it was after having children. "Your polka-dot dress blows round your legs. Marilyn" The mother is compared to Marilyn Monroe in this line. The time must have been in the late fifties as the mother is wearing a polka-dot dress. The dress blows up by the wind which was the same for Marilyn Monroe. That is how she is remembered. ...read more.

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However she thinks it is time to do it and they can not leave her any longer. The poem has a rather brutal honesty from the beginning as we read "we have brought her here to die and we know it." There is also a contrast between the apparent concern shown in checking that the grandmother has her washing things and "trinkets", paring her nails and tucking her up in bed. On the other hand, they are leaving her to sink into her incontinence. As the couple leave, the old woman's grandson, John is "shattered" which is presumably not by any physical effort, but by the strain of putting his grandma in the nursing home. The poem closes with a comfortless scene of the couple drinking themselves "numb" terrified of the dusk, which is their own death and unable to speak. There are 6 stanzas in the poem each containing three lines apart from the final stanza which only has two lines. The first line has alliteration in it and there is half rhyme in the second stanza. ...read more.

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