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The two Duffy poems I have chosen to compare the way she presents the speaker's relationship with the person she is speaking to are 'Havisham' and 'Elvis' Twin Sister'. 'Havisham' is in a form of a monologue.

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Choose two Duffy Poems. Compare the way she presents the speaker's relationship with the person she is speaking to (or about) Most of Carol Ann Duffy's poems are about love, but that does not always mean that they contain positive connotations. Some contain positive where as quite a few of them have negative. The two Duffy poems I have chosen to compare the way she presents the speaker's relationship with the person she is speaking to are 'Havisham' and 'Elvis' Twin Sister'. 'Havisham' is in a form of a monologue. She begins by telling the reader the cause of her troubles. She states 'beloved sweetheart bastard' which is an oxymoron meaning an apparent contradiction for example loving hate. ...read more.

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This quote has two metaphors, one of them meaning rope as in two strangle him or rope on the back of my hands meaning veins of an old women. Miss Havisham is aware of her own stink because she does not ever change her clothes or wash. She stays in bed and screams in denial. At other times she looks and asks herself "who did this" to her? She sometimes dreams almost tenderly or erotically of her lost lover, but when she wakes the hatred and anger return. Thinking of how she "stabbed at the wedding cake" she now wants to work out her revenge on a "male corpse", most probably that of her lover. ...read more.

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Elvis Presley did not have a twin sister in reality but the sister whom Duffy imagines for him is different from Madonna as she states 'Elvis is alive and she's female'. Instead she is modest and simple, though with a cheerful character, rather like Elvis's public character. The poem plays on the humorous difference between the life, manners and description of the nun, and the richness of rock and roll. For example, 'Elvis Presley's twin sister' swings her hips in the same way as Elvis, though perhaps without the same effect, she also has the 'blue suede' shoes which Elvis wrote a song on and also performed . The form of the poem is quite regular as it contains five line stanzas with occasional rhymes. Sometimes these are quite amusing as when Duffy uses the Southern sound of "y'all" to rhyme with "soul" and "rock and roll". ...read more.

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