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Compare How The Writers Present Feelings Of Bitterness in "Havisham" By Carol Ann Duffy and "The Laboratory" By Robert Downing The poems Havisham By Carol Ann Duffy and The Laboratory By Robert Downing both convey strong emotions. In particular it is present in both the apparent emotion of bitterness. In Havisham the feeling of bitterness is portrayed because of the narrators feelings of being jilted before marriage. Conversely in The Laboratory there is an ambiguity of the bitterness within the plot. There is the bitterness claimed by the narrator towards her love rivals. Nevertheless also the bitterness existing as extended metaphor of the revolutionists of the French revolution towards the French monarchy. In Havisham it is depicted the feelings of Mrs Havisham, a secondary character from Great Expectations By Charles Dickens, after having been jilted before marriage. ...read more.


A depicted of purple and brown. This can be connected with feelings of hurt. On the other the use of semantic field in The Laboratory are different. The poet Robert Downing uses grotesque atmosphere rather than colours as a more affective use of imagery. Such as in line 8 "moisten and mash" and in line 13 "gold oozings come." Also depict as vivid imagery of grim atmosphere. This is due to the words more connected with disgusting happenings. This again links to bitterness as it reveals the disgust and want of the poet. Nevertheless both poets use a semantic field of violence to show bitterness. Such as "devils-smithy" and "bite into its grace" in The Laboratory. Which conveys the bitterness and want for aggression towards her rival. This also links to the ancien regime which connects the bitterness of the revolutionists. ...read more.


It should also be noted within both, the use of first narrative female characters are used in both. This is particularly affective to portray bitterness. The use of first person conveys a more personal view of feelings. Furthmore the use of females is also a clever device, as the time settings to which these two women are present do not allow women to "have a voice" so to speak. This allows womens feelings henceforth to be betrayed. Finally different devices are also used again in both poems. In The Laboratory the extended metaphor of the French revolution. This is a affective technique as not only does it portray the extent of the woman's bitterness but that of the people of the French revolution. In Havisham however there is a use of oxymorons such as "Sweetheart Bastard" and "Loves hate," which not only shows her feelings of bitterness and violence but also her feelings of love. Showing that she had mixed emotions towards this man. ...read more.

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