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GCSE: Carol Ann Duffy
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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)?5 star(s)
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?
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The poem is written in the first person and addresses the lover in the second person by using 'you'. The whole poem is centred on an onion and love. Duffy compares an onion to love. She makes the reader aware that both love and onions share the same characteristics, for example love can make you cry (if your lover has betrayed or upset you) and an onion can also make you cry (when cutting it). The beginning of each half of the poem is started with what has not been given is written. For example: 'Not a red rose or a satin heart'.
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that I have chosen to write about in this essay. 'Valentine' opens on a pessimistic note, whereas 'Before you were mine' and 'In Mrs Tilscher's Class' both start off on a light and happy tone. - Instead we are presented with 'an onion'. She uses this symbol as an extended metaphor (an extended metaphor is also used in 'In Mrs Tilscher's class') to talk about a lover. This is the opposite of what other poet's would do. They would talk about a lover using symbols, not the other way around.
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