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Commentary on "Human Interest"by Carol Ann Duffy

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Human Interest- Carol Ann Duffy

The poem, Human interest is four stanzas long, and goes by the rhyming couplets of, ABBA. The first and third stanzas are four lines long whereas the second and fourth stanzas are three lines long.

The poem is about a man who has killed his wife because she was having an affair. It is quite a serious poem, particularly in the first two stanzas. This is directly compromised with the amount of slang that is used in it, things like,' Banged up' and,' I'd slogged my guts out' This makes the overall impression slightly scary, almost as if the person in the poem has become mentally unbalanced by the murder of his wife.

There is a distinct mood change in the poem in the third stanza, going from the last sentence in the second stanza, 'She stank of deceit.' To the first sentence in the third stanza, 'I loved her.' These are both used to great effect in the poem, not only because they have very different messages, one talks of hate the other of love, but they are both very short sentences, this goes hand-in-hand with the

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