Commentary on "Human Interest"by Carol Ann Duffy

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Introduction

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.

Middle

It also has a double meaning, in its most literal form, the sentences mean that she turned away from him, and so he stabbed her, but I also think it could mean that she turned away from him in the sense that she left him for another man, and that, 'Stabbed in the back' is to be betrayed by someone, I think the man feels betrayed by his wife and so in a sense she stabbed him in the back, so he physically took a knife and stabbed her. I also think that the title can be commented on quite a lot, after reading the poem, the reason behind calling it, 'Human Interest' is quite hard to decipher but I think it could be linked to both

Conclusion

I particularly like the amount of slang there is in the poem, more than is usual but that it conveys the man's character and his feelings very well. I like how the short sentences are used and how it contributes to the tense feel of the poem. What I like the most about the poem is that each stanza is a different stage of him coping with what he has done, firstly he states the facts, then he feels anger towards his wife for making him do it in the first place, then he feels sadness as he comes to terms with what he did then finally regret as he realised the extent of his actions and how he wished he never did it in the first place.

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