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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. "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
  7. Compare and contrast 'Anne Hathaway' and 'Frau Freud' in Duffy's collection 'The World's Wife'

    In 'Frau Freud' the poem contains a list of euphemism for penises that men use. Duffy or Frau Freud uses these synonyms to completely debunk Freud theories with this list that brings the readers attention to Freud's theories of the male obsession with the penis. The women in the two poems both enjoy sex, Anne Hathaway comments on how she and her husband shared their love with their actions and words. In 'Frau Freud' she also says that she enjoys sex "I'm as au fait with hunt-the-salami/as Ms M. Lewinsky" Another similarity between the two poems is that they are both written in sonnet form.

    • Word count: 1019
  8. Duffy's poem Havisham is based on the character Miss Havisham from the famous novel "Great expectations

    In this poem, Duffy creates images in the readers mind as well as feelings. "I've dark green pebbles for eyes." This is creating an image of darkness and hate; "Dark Green pebbles" Dark colours are associated with hate. This quote also creates a feeling of fear, because somebody with dark green pebbles as eyes would be classed as scary and harmful. This poem is full of different feelings and emotions, which Duffy is trying to get across to the reader. Most of the feelings in this poem are to do with Death, anger and destruction.

    • Word count: 1027
  9. Assignment A- Response to Poetry

    In order to analyse their contrasting styles it would be beneficial to look at their backgrounds. Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1955 but was brought up in Stafford, England. She worked as a free-lance writer in East London, and then she moved to Manchester where she currently teaches creative writing at the Metropolitan University. Collections include "Standing Female Nude" and "Selling Manhattan". Liz Lochhead was also born in Scotland in 1947. She is a well-known Scottish poet, dramatist and performance artist. She began as a lecturer in fine art, but became a full time writer in the 70's.

    • Word count: 1505
  10. A Comparison of Two Poems; "Stealing", by Carol Ann Duffy and "Hitcher", by Simon Armitage

    Consequently, Duffy gives the narrator a voice. In Simon Armitage's Hitcher, we see mainly basic English enhanced with some local 'lingo' and well known sayings. Often, the subject is using words taken from the mouth of the hitcher. This poem is written in first person, like in Stealing. Also, in Hitcher, the narrator uses plain English, which is very casual and almost conversational, although not to the extent of that in Stealing. For example, the subject uses the hitchers own words - "He was following the sun from east to west", but he also uses some slang - "I let him have it" - The style of language is quite basic.

    • Word count: 1337
  11. Compare the way in which poets create a threatening or menacing atmosphere in four poems. Write about 'Salome' by Carol Ann Duffy and compare it with one poem from Simon Armitage and two from the pre 1914 bank.

    Words used such as 'colder' and 'dry' further establish a menacing atmosphere, and Carol Ann Duffy introduces very contemporary ideas and slang to the poem, such as cigarettes, and expressions such as 'turf out', 'booze' and 'ain't life a bitch'. There are internal rhymes throughout the stanzas, all with words with the suffix '-er'; for example, 'butter', 'clatter', 'clutter', 'patter' and 'batter' - all words that appear in the second stanza. Along with the general tone of the speaker, these rhymes create a black humour to the poem.

    • Word count: 1706
  12. The poem 'Mother, any distance...' explores the ideas of loss and change. Compare the ideas presented by Simon Armitage here with one poem my Carol Ann Duff and two from the pre-1914 bank.

    These images of vast space indicate the speaker's excitement of leaving home, and it is here that the theme of change is first addressed within the poem. While the speaker's mother stands in the same place holding one end of the measuring tape 'recording length', i.e. taking responsibility, the speaker explores the house, 'reporting metres'. Here the speaker is made to still seem very young and not used to becoming completely independent, and is not completely sure of themselves; 'back to base', showing that they still return to their mother to make sure what they have done is right, looking for approval.

    • Word count: 1838
  13. How does the poem 'Stealing' create a sense of real person speaking? Does the reader have any sympathy for the character?

    The use of the word 'unusual' is to get the reader's attention. It goes on further by saying what he stole 'A snowman', this is unusual which could show his madness. The next line sets the time, setting and atmosphere 'Midnight'. The character describes the snowman as 'Magnificent' it appeals to him so that he is filled with admiration. The reader at this point doesn't think that the character is dangerous but odd and unusual. The character then says he wants the snowman as 'a mate' this shows that he wants a friend.

    • Word count: 1203
  14. In "Little Red Cap" discuss the use ofimagery, syntax and structure.

    The wolf in this poem is portrayed to the reader as a 'good' character, and Little Red Cap as the 'sly' one who appears to know what she is doing in order to get what she wants. In the first stanza of the poem, Duffy starts off with the metaphor "At childhood's end". This portrays that childhood is so powerful it has been described as a physical place. The reader can picture this place clearly because of they way she has continued to describe the "houses petered out into playing fields" "...till you came at last to the edge of the woods".

    • Word count: 1851
  15. Three poems by Carol Ann Duffy - In Mrs Tilscher's Class.

    The bell ringing is a human sound. Laugh is positive and it associates with having fun. The poet does describe them well. The classroom was filled with decoration and then this is when the fun starts to end. A xylophones nonsense, someone is having fun it is not a tune. The inky tadpoles change into exclamation marks, this links them to be growing up. The children are more rood, "A rough boy told you how you were born" She imagines her mum with her legs wide open and thinks, is that were she comes from?

    • Word count: 1214
  16. Discuss how Carol Duffy and Simon Armitage write about violence in "Education for Leisure" and "The Hitcher".

    This is very clever by Duffy because involving you the reader creates a good effect. It scares you as you could turn around and there could be the killer. It would be especially scary if the reader were sitting alone at night. Another thing, which the Duffy does well, is to write the poem in first person. She changes from thought to thought so you can get into the speaker's head and see why he wants to kill, what are his reasons etc.

    • Word count: 1309
  17. A poem which I've been studying that tells the story of a character is "Stealing" by Carol Ann Duffy. The poem is about the actions and motives of a certain thief.

    Due to his general hate for the world and society he has pent up anger and aggression. "I took a run and booted him. Again. Again." He can become violent, for what seems, no reason. This shows he is dangerously unpredictable and is capable of destroying something he previously valued. Also through the poet's language we get the feeling that the character is a habitual thief. "gloved hand" "most unusual thing I ever stole?" By saying the thief covered his tracks by using gloves, it suggests that he is experienced enough to not make mistakes. Also from the opening question, we get the impression that he has committed the same crime more than once.

    • Word count: 1497
  18. Carol Ann Duffy explores different types of relationships in 'Valentine' and 'Before you were mine

    'It promises light, like the careful undressing of love.' She uses alliteration to create a smooth sound. She continues with the metaphor 'it will blind you with tears'. The onion makes your eyes water, but at the same time the pain caused by a loved one has the same effect. She explains that she does not wish to be unkind. She is being realistic. 'I'm trying to be truthful.' She uses alliteration; the repetition of the 't' sound gives it the feeling of sincerity. 'Not a cute card or a kiss-o-gram' She does not approve of commercial tokens of love.

    • Word count: 1363
  19. A Critical Analysis of Stealing by Carol Ann Duffy

    I think this is very possible as the thief makes it clear that he/she is unhappy with life by making remarks such as 'life's tough' and 'sick of the world'. He/she also tries to reassemble the snowman in his/her yard, to me it seems the thief is doing this to try and make it (the snowman/ the happiness) his own and is angered when someone else's snowman/happiness can mean nothing to him/her. Maybe because he/she finds life so 'tough' he/she may just want to take it out on someone and make them suffer like he/she is.

    • Word count: 1237
  20. 'My Grandmother'

    The antiques themselves create an oppressive atmosphere - they are 'faded' and 'heavy' in this stanza, and in the final stanza the 'tall/ Sideboards and cupboards' in the 'long, narrow room' take on the air of coffins. Even the sounds of the words the speaker uses contribute - the sibilants in 'the brass/ Salvers and silver bowls' are unwelcoming to the reader, and perhaps betray her disapproving attitude to the shop. But to the grandmother the antiques have great importance.

    • Word count: 1111
  21. Comparison Between 'Before You Were Mine' And 'Stealing'

    She then describes all the things, which her mother has done and, maybe, she would have liked to have seen. This poem could be described as both narrative and Autobiographical, but I think it is mainly narrative. In the first stanza Duffy starts with the word, "I'm". This could mean that it is autobiographical. But then she describes her mother as a teenager and this is narrative. I also think that the main theme or idea of this poem is one of 'good times' in the 'past'.

    • Word count: 1293
  22. War Photographer’, ‘Valentine’ and ‘Before You Were Mine’ by Carol Anne Duffy

    Carol Ann Duffy is very clever with the words she uses and how they are used, she uses alliteration a couple of times in her poems to emphasise a number of things, for example 'with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows', the alliteration in this sentence emphasises the number of rows. The first line of the poem reads, 'In his darkroom he is finally alone' Carol has chosen the word 'finally' in that sentence simply showing that the war photographer has been waiting to be alone and a sense of relief is given when it is read.

    • Word count: 1393
  23. Explore the ways in which James Joyce illustrates the character and behaviour or Mr Duffy, in his story, ‘A Painful Case’.

    The story ends with: "He thought he was alone". Joyce uses a lot of imagery in illustrating the character and behaviour of Mr Duffy. The characteristics of his rented room represent much of his character, and indeed, some of the main themes of the story: these being desired elitism and consequent loneliness. His "uncarpeted room" has "lofty walls". This would give the impression of a grand, wide open space, which, being uncarpeted, may possibly be prone to echoing, emphasising the idea of emptiness. The fact that the room is "free from pictures", again, illustrates an empty and lonely atmosphere.

    • Word count: 1159
  24. In Mrs Tilscher’s class and Valentine

    She adds a note of caution - too much commitment could kill off their relationship (love can be lethal). Language Mrs Tilscher's class She preferred school to home because of the magic of 'enthralling books , sugar paper and coloured shapes' which helped her to forget her fears of Brady and Hindley (the Moors Murderers who killed a number of children in the 1960s). This is mentioned in lines 9, 11 and 12. She describes details of other lessons and playtimes, especially one day when a rough boy told her the facts of life. stanza 2 lines 21-23. At the end of the school year, when asked about how you where born, Mrs Tilscher didn't let on, but there is a sense of growing excitement with the coming thunderstorm.

    • Word count: 1074
  25. Discuss how ‘A Woman’s Question’ by Adelaide Anne Procter and ‘Valentine’ by Carol Anne Duffy explore how women of different periods view their relationships

    This shows that she has a modern view of love. Although the theme of 'A Woman's Question' is not actually romantic, as Procter spends most of it talking to him about her insecurities, the language she uses in it is quite romantic and 'flowery'. She calls her partner 'her Fate' and is dedicating her entire future to him. Nowadays, although people do marry with the general idea that they will be staying together forever, they may be less inclined to think that their entire fate depended on the other person.

    • Word count: 1629

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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