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  1. The poem, Valentine, is a monologue by Carol Ann Duffy addressed to her lover.

    The use of enjambment builds up a sense of expectation and uncertainty in the reader before delivering the surprising confession that love has a painful side. The language of the poem is quite straightforward and unequivocal but also expresses profound meaning. The title ?Valentine? has connotations of love and joy. It is associated with the customary traditions of mawkish gifts given to one?s significant other. The focus of the poem is belittling these gestures and instead revealing the truth about love.

    • Word count: 990
  2. In Mrs. Tilschers Class by Carol Ann Duffy is a poem in which she explores the themes of childhood and the transition to adulthood.

    It represents the unpleasant transformation. She personifies the sky and the air as well which is ?feverish? and ?untidy?, indicative of the unrest and turbulence of growing to adolescence. Another noteworthy feature she uses in her language is the caesuras and enjambment. In the first line, for instance, she says ?You can travel up the Blue Nile?, and in the next line, ?with your finger?. The pause adds and element of awe in travelling the Nile. This is abruptly let down by the disclosure that it is simply on a map in a classroom.

    • Word count: 1250
  3. The poem The Dolphins by Carol Ann Duffy is a monologue written from the perspective of a dolphin

    It also, however, implies the distinction between ?swim? and ?dance?. The word ?swim? could mean just staying afloat- bare survival. Whereas the word dance has connotations of joy and pleasure. The phrase ?we are not free? shows that the dolphins are trapped and are swimming, not dancing. The phrase ?we are in our element but we are not free? creates a paradox between being in one?s ?element?, which is usually considered a place where one is comfortable but also implies the physical element of water, and yet being constrained.

    • Word count: 667

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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