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Compare and contrast Carol Ann Duffys treatment of love and language in the poems You, Text and Name

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Compare and contrast Carol Ann Duffy's treatment of love and language in the poems You, Text and Name Carol Ann Duffy's love poem, You, is about her love for a man. The poem expresses the poet's love for the man, and emphasises the fact that he doesn't know about it until the end, where she [the poet] finds the man on her bed. The first word of the first line of the first stanza is uninvited, which is then followed by: "the thought of you stayed too late in my head". This suggests that she didn't welcome the feeling, but instead it overcame her. The line suggests she has been thinking about him a lot, followed by the rest of the stanza which further implements this idea by saying she goes to bed, dreaming of him and then waking with his name at her lips. In this stanza, the poet also talks about the man's name. She shows interest in it, and makes note of the "bright syllables" of it. This shows she is interested in not only expressing her love for the man but also the language. The second stanza is slightly different - we've established she has feelings for him, so now she goes on to talk about what feeling in love is like. ...read more.

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We know that she is in love with the recipient of her poem, and that it is about the same affair as the one written about in You - especially as we see her say "look for your small xx". They also both explore the feeling of love, and show the effects it has on a person - in You, "glamorous hell" describes what love is like (and how it is great, but comes with its disadvantages, such as insecurity) and in Text, "I re-read your first, your second, your third" which shows again how she is insecure and obsessive of the man. The title Text is ambiguous. We have the first meaning - an SMS message via the mobile phone to another person, and then the second meaning - a piece of text in the English language. This again, shows how Duffy has explored language and used it to her advantage too. Not only this, but she goes on to write "our significant words", to show that words do not have true meaning when speaking or writing normally, however the words they are sending to each other, and indeed every word of a poem (including the one she is writing), are meaningful. Not only does the line explore language as Duffy did in You, but it also helps to convey her love for the man once again. ...read more.

Conclusion

In Name, Duffy is writing about brushing her mouth and then backs it up with "like a kiss." Similarly, in You, she backs the excitement of seeing the man on the bed with the excitement of receiving a gift - "like a gift". Each poem has examples of repetition too - repetition helps something stick in one's mind. In Name, Duffy writes, "rhyming, rhyming, rhyming", which links to the exploration and analysis of language. Much like Text and You, Name contains rhymes. It is similar to Text because it contains external rhymes, and similar to You because there is no pattern to the use of rhymes. An example of rhyme in Name is "night" and "light", which also contrast. The contrast is also effective as it ENTER CONTRAST EFFECT HERE! The forms of the poems differentiate from one another also. The structure of Name is different to that of You and Text - Name contains twenty-one lines split into seven stanzas with three lines per stanza. We see multiple patterns within the poem too. The first is that the first stanza is a question, and the rest are answers. We see it is the only stanza to end with a question mark. Another pattern is the positioning of the title within the poem. In the first (first), middle (fourth) and last (seventh) stanza, the word name is placed at the end of the first line. ...read more.

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