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    How has Duffy used classical myths in order to comment on the nature of relationships between men and women in The Worlds Wife(TM)?

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    Further more, the poem is written in dramatic monologue, from the perspective of the wife of the famous legend. Human greed, stupidity and selfishness play a major role throughout the poem. The poem however begins with a simple statement which sets the scene, and creates a relaxed atmosphere;' begun to unwind' portrays this. To begin with, it's all very idyllic. As the woman is in the kitchen also portrays the traditional household, of women doing the domestics whilst men do not, 'he was under the pear tree snapping a twig', this is of no real significance, as what would he need with a twig?

    • Word count: 3777
  2. Commentary on "Human Interest"by Carol Ann Duffy

    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 massive contrast of words to create a more tense feeling within the poem.

    • Word count: 636
  3. Salome- Carol Ann Duffy- Analysis

    And as for the latter, it was time to turf out the blighter, the beater or biter, who'd come like a lamb to the slaughter to Salome's bed. In tile mirror, I saw my eyes glitter. I flung back the sticky red sheets, and there, like I said -and ain't life a bitch - was his head on a platter. Q: What does each Stanza tell the reader about Salome? Stanza 1 In Stanza one, Salome seems careless and confused, and is just starting to realise what she'd done the night before.

    • Word count: 892
  4. Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy is a poem which creates a contradiction by contrasting the romantic poem style of the title,

    Although she is romanticising the onion, she makes it an everyday item again when she states that it's 'wrapped in brown paper.' She goes onto mentioning another image associated with romantic love - that of promises, 'It promises light.' Duffy is suggesting that although the moon promises light, it doesn't always deliver. By doing this Duffy appears to be warning of trusting too much in the promises of romantic partners. Duffy uses the phrase 'The careful undressing of love' as it reveals a person's true character and motives under the superficial veneer of romantic vows.

    • Word count: 985
  5. Compare and contrast Carol Ann Duffys treatment of love and language in the poems You, Text and Name

    The poet writes "glamorous hell" - this summarises love for her. It tells us that although she likes herself being there, she doesn't like the feeling of uncertainty and insecurity. The third stanza continues talking about Duffy's love for the man, and how she secretly watched him as he came into sight - "You sprawled in my gaze". Then, we come to the fourth stanza. This stanza writes about the poet walking into the bedroom and seeing the man she dreams about "on the bed".

    • Word count: 2290
  6. How do the writers explore and present the themes of conscience, violence and murder in the poems The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy and Salome by Carol Ann Duffy?

    It also talks about other people who are just idle "and there day goes over in idleness, and they sigh if the wind but lift a trees". Charlotte O'Neil's Song is about some one who does all the cleaning and cooking and then gets fed up of it and doesn't do it any more. "You lay on a silken pillow. I lay on an attic cot. That's the way it should be, you said. That's the poor girl's lot.

    • Word count: 468
  7. Compare and Contrast Havisham and Anne Hathaway by Carol Ann Duffy

    She suggests that as lovers they were as inventive as Shakespeare was in his dramatic poetry. She mentions them using the "next best bed" but she still feels that her bed is the best to her and Shakespeare because of the memories. At the end, I believe she speaks about him dying; "I hold him in the casket of my widow's head". In both poems there is someone that has gone missing; a male that is absent, either dead or left. Also they are all about a character, either from a book (Great Expectations) or a real person (Shakespeare's wife).

    • Word count: 1398
  8. "Valentine" by Carol Ann Duffy is an unusual but very meaningful love poem which goes into detail about what love is really about.

    Duffy uses both positive and negative statements to show the way she feels about love. In this poem she uses an onion to explain love, going from the idea that it's really romantic, to how it's lethal. In this poem I will explain in detail the writer's feelings about love....... The poem starts off with a positive statement, which shows the reader how she is against clich�s of love and little silly gifts. She then uses an onion to symbolize love.

    • Word count: 484
  9. Discuss the ways in which Carol Ann Duffy explores the theme of alienation in Stealing, Education for Leisure and Originally

    The neatness of the presentation of the poem could represent how neatly the thief is organizing his thoughts on the other hand it contrasts with the thoughts of the reader, as we are confused, as we do not understand the idea of stealing a snowman whereas the narrator does. Duffy uses the technique enjambment often, for example, "I joy-ride cars/ to nowhere," this makes the poem sound more like a speech as it is more fluent, this results in making the situation and the speaker in the poem more realistic and therefore more sinister and disconcerting.

    • Word count: 2354
  10. Analysis of War Photographer

    The title itself carries the theme of the whole poem and its indirect manner. In this poem an anonymous photographer, tries to capture the readers' attention into the theme of death and war. Throughout the poem, the comparisons exhibit to us the clear differences, and similarities in the subjects in this theme. The poem explores the way some humans care too little for others who are blasted away everyday. These ideas and others are portrayed through the photographer and his job. The first six lines of the poem show the photographer's own ideas .It also portrays the poet's own ideas and how he sees this theme, and this job of photography.

    • Word count: 638
  11. Education for Leisure

    This is reinforced throughout the poem through the repetition of 'I' which continuously reminds the reader of the enigmatic nature of the persona, conveying the main theme of isolation. Duffy also employs biblical references to emphasise the deluded nature of the character: 'I am going to play God'. Again, the repetition of 'I' in this line reinforces the deluded and self-absorbed nature of the persona. These biblical references are enforced later in the poem and almost act as a leitmotif: 'I see that it is good'.

    • Word count: 746
  12. War Photographer, Duffy - Literary Criticism

    In the third verse, 'a stranger's features faintly start to twist before his eyes, a half-formed ghost'. When the reader reads this line he can see in his mind a swirling image of a human moulding into shape. There is also a metaphor at the very end of the first verse. 'All flesh is grass'. This is an idea that occurs several times in the Bible. The exact phrase is found in Isaiah 40:6. The poem's structure hardly varies at all in the poem, all fours verses are six lines long and each line is of similar length.

    • Word count: 666
  13. Essai on thoughs

    He obviously means that there are three states in life including being completely free to do what we aim to, being unable to make our own choice or remaining an empty body without consciousness that is to say awareness of what you are. On top of that, "World! why do you hound me?" conveys a moral opinion on the ephemeral ("soon gone, the daily loot of Time") and superficial, material sides of life ("Beauty, Money, Luxury, Wealth, Pretty Face, forged crown, vanities")

    • Word count: 703
  14. La belle dame sans merci.

    In the I and II stanza the knights physical and mental being is questioned. After he is seen "palely loitering". And from the physical point of view "Haggard and woe-begone". He is tired and exhausted. We can also prove this by the pace of the poem it is very slow. This is the Plot to the ballad where it starts with a steady pace and suddenly livens at a fast tempo. For example when he meets the lady the poem livens up all of sudden. He quotes I met a lady in the meads Full beautiful-a faery's child, Her hair was long, her foot was light.

    • Word count: 1118
  15. Mrs Beast - Carol Ann Duffy

    Before the first stanza comes to an end you are already witness to Mrs Beasts resentment towards the male species, she makes a mockery of 'The Little Mermaid', who alters herself in order to impress the Prince. Through the use of alliteration she describes the ordeal of The Mermaids transformation, she 'slits' "...her shining, silver tail in two, rubbed salt/ into that stinking wound, got up and walked," and then despite the agony, stands, puts on a smile and dances for the Prince, only for him to throw her overboard.

    • Word count: 1170
  16. Mrs Midas - Carol Ann Duffy

    The second stanza is just as visually descriptive and instantly enables you envision what Mrs Midas witnesses in the poorly lit garden; "Now the garden was long and the visibility poor, the way the dark of the ground seems to drink the light of the sky, But that twig in his hand was gold." The golden twig stands out sharply amongst its surroundings, keeping her enthralled. Duffy uses a simile, referring to the plucked golden pear as a light bulb in order to describe Mrs Midas' confusion; "...it sat in his palm like a light bulb.

    • Word count: 1330
  17. How does Carol Ann Duffy reveal her thoughts and feelings through metaphor? Refer to at least two poems in your answer.

    The ability of onions to produce tears allows Duffy to explore the more painful side of a loving relationship. The onion will cause tears and "make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief". The idea of a deserted lover looking at his or her reflection in the mirror creates a vivid image of the end of an affair. The smell and taste of the onion becomes a "fierce kiss" that will stay on the lover's lips and the silvery white rings of the onion remind Duffy of a platinum wedding ring.

    • Word count: 845
  18. English Essay - Poems

    The weather mentioned in 'Porphyria's Lover' is also used to set a bad mood for the rest of the poem which eventually in the end does actually end in death. To counter act the disappointment of the weather outside he warms up the cottage then by describing such comforts as the fireplace and other household things he describes that fire place in detail with the vibrant colours and the warmth being emitted from it, he claims the environment is 'cosy'.

    • Word count: 928
  19. Carol Ann Duffy - Childhood and Youth

    out violence to be noticed, which tells us that this stage of their lives where difficult as they feel they have no purpose or meaning. In "Education for Leisure" it is clear that the teenager's education is not doing him any good, as he has not been able to find work as he is on the dole, and not working, nor has it helped him to control his boredom or frustration. "I squash a fly against the window with my thumb."

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  20. Compare How Sadistic Personalities Are Presented in Havisham, Education For Leisure And Hitcher

    Duffy uses a fairly regular rhythm with a range of 9 to 12 syllables to reflect her determination to get revenge. In contrast to this, the poem is written in quatrains, however the second and third stanzas do not end with full stops so are not strictly quatrains. The slight imperfection of this format is reflected in the content. The woman's emotional instability is shown to the reader through Duffy's use of onomatopoeia. In using the word 'cawing' the narrator dehumanises herself perhaps to reflect that she feels inhuman because of what this man has done to her.

    • Word count: 829
  21. By close study of "Valentine" and "I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine" shows how Carol Ann Duffy and Liz Lockhead express their views on love.

    This suggestion is further enhanced throughout the poem by the way she continues to use one line stanzas and by continuing to use negative statements such as "Not a cute card". All of these statements that she uses to describe love are very frank assertions and some of them like "Take it" and "Here", make it seem that she is almost forcing her opinion upon the reader. "I give you an onion." Duffy uses this line twice during the poem, at the beginning of the first and second sections of the poem.

    • Word count: 1626
  22. The two poems which I am going to discuss are "Stealing" and "Valentine" both written by Carol Ann Duffy.

    No matter how miserable the children will be because of his inconsiderate action, he doesn't care, for he is in need of a mate. The phrase 'slice of ice' seems very cold and heartless in itself, using it to describe a part of someone's brain seems to me to be a very negative personality trait. The thief is morally confused- he sees "not taking what you want" as "giving in", as if you might as well be dead as accept conventional morality.

    • Word count: 2200
  23. Write about a treasured possession that you own and describe why it is meaningful to you. In the palm of my hands lays my most treasured possession; a gold chain. Its heavy weight is easily

    The chain was given to me by my grandmother just days before she passed away due to lung cancer. The chain was originally bought by my great grandmother during the first World War. In the early twenty-first century a possession such as this would have been worth a fortune and more. You would expect the chain to have been sold for a fortune but it was something that was always going to be special and it would have been a let down if it were sold. My great grandmother gave it to my grandmother, just days before she passed away.

    • Word count: 699
  24. "War Photographer" Essay

    The words "finally alone" imply that this place is a sanctuary for him, a haven to escape the brutality of warfare which he, himself has seen and captured. Metaphorically, this "darkroom" could signify a confessional box in a church in which he feels he can face up to his sins and seek forgiveness for his work which he considers expoitative. In this first line, the reader is instantly given a real insight into this photographer's isolation, he chooses to isolate himself as he cannot face the public who don't understand the moral dilemma within his work.

    • Word count: 1074
  25. How does Carol Duffy create thecharacter 'Mrs Midas'?

    In 'Mrs Midas' Carol Ann Duffy uses the same affects but this time her key characters are of both sexes, i.e. a man and a woman. This poem unlike the other poems is a lighter introduced in to what is happening. In the first stanza, she goes about setting the scene of the poem and the time of year in-which the poem is happening. The character in this stanza is unaware and clueless of the events going to take place.

    • Word count: 949

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • In "Little Red Cap" discuss the use ofimagery, syntax and structure.

    "In conclusion, Duffy has cleverly written this poem based on the fairytale little red riding hood, but there are many hidden meanings to various parts of the poem, for example touching on childhood innocence and teenage rebellion. There are also arguably different interpretations to what Duffy has written. Date Set: Thursday 9th Sept Teacher: Miss. Gruder Date Due In: Monday 20th Sept Ellie Frost - 12SP 1"

  • Compare and Contrast Havisham and Anne Hathaway by Carol Ann Duffy

    "The poet, in my opinion has had a love who she felt this strongly for. 'Havisham' is a poem full of rich imagery, the tale of a woman who remembers her husband in a wonderful, loving way with no hint of sorrow. It is beautiful to read and to dwell on the magical pictures that are painted within it."

  • The Poem Havisham creates images and feelings of death, anger and destruction. Discuss how Duffy communicates this to the reader.

    "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. Ben Riley"

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