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Compare and contrast 'Anne Hathaway' and 'Frau Freud' in Duffy's collection 'The World's Wife'

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Compare and contrast 'Anne Hathaway' and 'Frau Freud' in Duffy's collection 'The World's Wife' There are both similarities and contrasts between 'Anne Hathaway' and 'Frau Freud 'One of the mail similarities between the two poems are the sexual references in both poems , the structure of the poems and that they are both written in a women's voice. One of the main similarities between the poems is that they are both written by wives of two very famous men, William Shakespeare and Sigmund Freud. There are also similarities in the fact that there are sexual references in both of the poems. In 'Anne Hathaway' she uses these sexual connotations as a way of explaining why Shakespeare did leave her the second best bed. "The bed we loved in was a spinning world/of forests, castles, torchlight, clifftops, seas/where he would dive for peals." In 'Frau Freud' the poem contains a list of euphemism for penises that men use. ...read more.

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in this poems Shakespeare uses the premise that although humans die his love will be immortalised within his words which Anne Hathaway has used in this poem. Another reason why 'Anne Hathaway' is written in sonnet form is that sonnets are often love poems which it obviously is. 'Frau Freud' is not a love poem so there must be a different reason why it is written in sonnet form, it could have been used ironically, it does not contain romance and feeling so could be seen as ironic using a form to express these two outlets of human emotion in a bitter, contemptuous poem. A second argument for the strange use of sonnet form could be that a sonnet is an extremely structured and disciplined type of poetry, this lends 'Frau Freud' academic discipline and a public forum feel which stops it from being seen as a female rant of indignity, which would undermine Duffy's theories which completely debunks Freud's methods and work. ...read more.

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The feelings and themes which are shown in 'Frau Freud' are that of contempt, bitterness, and discontent. The list of synonyms for the penis shows that she is tired of being tied to discourses of a phallocentric society in which responsibility sexual intimacy lies with a male. This shows that Freud had a male view in which women do not have a right to sexual pleasure, which mean have an egocentricity obsession with sex and their manly hood represented by the penis. In contrast to this the feelings and themes present In 'Anne hatchway' are that of remembrance as Anne hatchway remembers the feelings she and husband shared when he was alive, justification of Shakespeare's will. There is a reflective theme in the poem and homage to Shakespeare as it is written in sonnet form, Shakespeare wrote one hundred and fifty four sonnets so acts a vice in which Anne Hathaway can keep her love for Shakespeare alive in the immortal art of poetry. ...read more.

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