• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Three poems by Carol Ann Duffy - In Mrs Tilscher's Class.

Extracts from this document...


In Mrs Tilscher's Class There are different contrasts of changes, which take place between the beginning and the end. At the beginning there is lots of fun and laughter. A "skittle o f milk", this shows that they are having fun. They might be playing a game. The classroom glowed like a sweet shop, sugar paper and coloured shapes were all the things of happiness. It shows the teacher loved children, and children loved her. It's magical and looks as if there is a party because of all the wonderful decorations. The poet describes these changes very well, he tries to emphasis and make the readers experience all of the things she went through. There are small statements, which the poet tries to describe very well. "A skittle of milk The word skittle might try to tell readers that the children are having fun by playing a game. Also the word milk, which might mean spread. The poet tries to persuade readers that children are having fun; by this he has said this (A skittle of milk). "The laugh of a bell" The word laugh means happiness, this is linked with the bell because both of them communicate with happiness. ...read more.


Children started to be more rood. Also towards the end, the weather changes, as it is fiercer towards the end of the school year. Valentine * An onion is unusual about the poet's choice of a valentine gift. It's not the usual red rose or satin heart. "Not a red rose or a satin heart" It has a shape, which is equivalent to a sphere. It also has a brown substance, which is wrapped around it. The onion is very unusual but has lots of meanings as well as feelings for the person that will receive it. You look forward to having it because, "It promises light" * This particular gift was chosen because it means a lot for the person who receives it. It promises light. Brightness and positive vinculum together, that's why this gift has been chosen. "Like the undressing of love" This means that you can take your clothes off and start love, this is similar when the to the onion, when it has it's brown paper taken of it. It contains lots of different layers. * There are several different affects that the person will receive. ...read more.


He said, he weighed a ton. There is some sort of vinculum between the thief and the snowman. He also takes him so children would cry in the morning. Knowing that the snowman has gone he likes to hurt children. "Part of the thrill was knowing that children would cry in the morning. Life's tough" * The poet presents the ideas convincingly step by step; he explains what the thief does and what he thinks of the snowman. "Sometimes I steel things I don't need" The poet first writes down what he does need but doesn't say that, then he comes across what he doesn't need, all of which is only for entertainment. The poet makes the thief answer as if someone is asking a question. "I took some time" The poet also writes what the thief thinks of himself. "Mostly I'm so bored I could eat myself" This shows that he has nothing to do; the poet at the end convinces readers that the thief is telling the questioner what he has said. "You don't understand a word I'm saying do you?" This suggests that only the thief knows what he is doing and saying. It also suggests that he is completely different from other ordinary humans. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Carol Ann Duffy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Carol Ann Duffy essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How has Duffy used classical myths in order to comment on the nature of ...

    5 star(s)

    This sets the scene for the poem, and tells us how she feels. Up to this point there is no other mention of anyone except for her, which is contrasting to the other two poems which, right from the beginning began by mentioning the husbands or partner (male)

  2. Explain how Carol Ann Duffy conveys her feelings towards the subjects of the two ...

    The poem opens with a question that seems to be the repetition of a question some one has asked him; 'The most unusual thing I ever stole'. He continues to talk to the readers throughout the poem and so the language of the poem sounds like natural speech.

  1. Compare 3 poems by Carol Ann Duffy in which she shows us that things ...

    Carol Ann Duffy remains truthful throughout the poem and she is obviously not a na�ve person. At one point in the poem she says that the 'fierce kiss will stay on your lips.... For as long as we are.' This indicates that Duffy knows people do not always stay together forever as it says in the wedding vows.

  2. Poems by Carol Ann Duffy.

    The poem starts with an unusual question, "The most unusual thing I ever stole?" This makes us interested in the poem and the people in the poem, cause it's an unusual question making people eager to find out the answer.

  1. Carol Ann Duffy - Childhood and Youth

    The language spoken in "Comprehensive" varies with each of the seven accounts, because each of the students is from another multi-cultural background they have a different way of speaking, for example the African girl talks very monosyllabic and simple English, similar to the Ejaz the Asian boy, suggesting that English is their second language.

  2. Compare and contrast Carol Ann Duffys treatment of love and language in the poems ...

    To say the letter l out loud requires one to say it clearly using one's tongue. This means we put emphasis on it and it makes the words stand out. Not only this, but there's also a lot of alliteration with the letter l in the same stanza which, once again, emphasises the words.

  1. How does Carol Duffy create thecharacter 'Mrs Midas'?

    Due this fact the character is relaxed ' I'd just poured a glass of wine, begun to unwind', she is watching her husband who is in the garden 'by the pear tree snapping a twig'. She is so unaware it is sort of scary thinking about what is going to happen.

  2. In Mrs. Tilschers Class by Carol Ann Duffy is a poem in which she ...

    The full stops give a finality to her statements. From these three major features of her language, one can see the effect it has on the development of the poem. The first stanza describes Duffy?s experience in her teacher, Mrs Tilscher?s, class.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work