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Duffy's poem Havisham is based on the character Miss Havisham from the famous novel "Great expectations

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Discuss how Duffy communicates this to the reader. Duffy's poem Havisham is based on the character Miss Havisham from the famous novel "Great expectations" by Charles dickens. Miss Havisham was stood up at the alter by her fianc�e, since then she has not changed out of her wedding dress and her house remains decorated ready for the wedding which never happened. "Beloved Sweetheart Bastard" In this quote, we can clearly see that Miss Havisham is angry and living in hate about her fianc�e whishing him dead. Miss Havisham is a lonely woman who now lives a life of hate towards men as one broke her heart and she cannot get over this. "Not a day since then I haven't wished him dead." This quote clearly shows Miss Havisham's hate towards this man. She wants him dead for what he did. In this poem, Duffy creates images in the readers mind as well as feelings. ...read more.


"Some nights better, the lost body over me" Here Miss Havisham is beginning to feel the love that she still has for this man, she wants to be with him, and she probably wants him sexually some nights, because she has not had any sexuality for probably 30 years. "Then down, till it suddenly bites awake". Here Miss Havisham could either be dreaming of the happy times she spent with her ex fianc�e, and the "suddenly bites awake" bit could well be when she wakes up and realises that it has all changed and that she really hates this man deep down inside. Or she could be speaking about her not getting any sexual connotations from another man, so she is having to do it her self, and the "suddenly bites awake" bit could be when she has an orgasm. Either way, I think that they both fit well to Duffy's description. ...read more.


With this poem having no rhythmic pattern to it, I think that it is trying to show Miss Havisham's destruction, and maybe if it was a rhyming poem, then it could give the wrong impression and the reader could take it as a happy poem rather than a sad, lonely anger poem. In the first stanza, the last words on the four lines are, "then, it, eyes, with" I cannot find any kind of rhyme or pattern with these words. I find this poem interesting and I enjoyed reading it, but there were parts, which I found slightly hard to understand. My immediate response to this poem would be... Miss Havisham needs to wake up and get over the fact that she was stood up, but after reading into this poem, I have started to understand why she feels so bad, and why her hate is as strong as it is. I think that Duffy has communicated well with the reader, and has passed across all the points which have been made in the poem. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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