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Poetry comparison between Big Sue and Now, Voyager(TM) and Recognition(TM) by Carol Ann Duffy

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Poetry comparison between 'Big Sue and Now, Voyager' and 'Recognition' by Carol Ann Duffy Both of these poems show a great understanding into what the women, who, are so easily judged by their appearance within society, actually experience and feel like every second of their life. They both show how they feel alienated from the rest of the world, isolated and feel that the element of love they once had in their life has disappeared without leaving even a trace. The first poem 'Big Sue and Now, Voyager' is written in first person and has a serious tone the whole way through. The fact that Duffy has written it in third person really shows that it is from the perspective of a person who is judging Big Sue, it is not coming personally from her, yet the reader gets the feeling that it is still very personal and real as each description is so detailed, yet written in quite simple language. The title 'Big Sue and Now, Voyager' sums up the poem in just a few words. The fact that Duffy describes Sue as 'Big', tells the reader that is what, who she is and how she is identified. The word 'Voyager' as well as being a film, identifies with the film Sue is described as watching in the poem. ...read more.


Duffy stresses the fact that she is crying, shows that she has suddenly been filled with hope as the character Bette Davis in the film, but in real life she is crying because of loneliness and sorrow. The second poem 'Recognition', is similar to 'Big Sue and Now, Voyager', in one major theme and that is isolation and alienation. However, Duffy has written 'Recognition' in first person meaning that the poem has a more personal feel. It also has an element of Epiphany, in which it says 'I've let myself go, I know'. Whereas, I didn't feel that Big Sue, actually wanted to have sudden realisation so ended up filling that with another life that wasn't her own. In 'Recognition' like 'Big Sue', the woman 'strains to remember' happy times that she has experienced, she also give the impression that she is fighting against a point of dislocation, for example her children. Similarly, Big Sue couldn't remember ever feeling love or being loved. In 'Recognition', Duffy also uses the powerful one line sentences for example, 'Years'. This exact sentence is repeated a second time in the seventh stanza. Putting an emphasis on how she feels and how long ago she was actually happy and enjoyed her life. Her face is also described as being 'swollen', obviously from constant and heavy crying, just as Big Sue cries at the end of the poem. ...read more.


Kleenex.' The Kleenex resembles the tears that she weeps and reinforces the image of how sad she physically is. In this same stanza, the woman finally relives a memory of when she lay in her slip on 'wet grass'. This gives the image of youth and frivolity, however 'Years' as another one word sentence puts this memory to an end and makes the reader feel like it was so long ago that this actually happened, and she wasn't experience it again. The reader then get brought back into the supermarket and into the embarrassing situation she is presently in, the word 'bumped is a very onomatopoeic word, showing herself bumping not into another women, but the 'dowdy matron' is in fact herself. This shows that she don't recognise herself, and doesn't like what she sees. Jut as Big Sue doesn't like herself and who she is so she turn to an iconic actress to be like, most nights of the week. At the end of this stanza, the reader is left with the feeling that she is living in a world full of regret and has a constant worry of the lost youth that's she thinks has gone forever, by the way Duffy repeats the word 'sorry', 'I'm sorry sorry sorry' At the end of both of these poems the reader is left with a feeling of emptiness and a sense of the passing of time so unnecessary quickly. ?? ?? ?? ?? Danielle DiTella Page 1 11/1/2008 ...read more.

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