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Select three poems from collection in which your opinion highlights the strength of the female as presented by Duffy.

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Select three poems from collection in which your opinion highlights the strength of the female as presented by Duffy.

Duffy uses, Frau Freud, Mrs Rip Van Winkle, and Mrs Darwin to demonstrate the independence of the females in the poems, and to highlight their strengths.

Frau Freud is an extremely gender orientated poem. The poem has a specific audience directed to females, and clearly from the start we notice the enthusiasm and strength of the female. It begins with a statement that is very bold and sharply addresses that the poem is not for males, ‘Ladies’. The poem is very fast paced showed by the listing of the particular descriptions.  ‘The rammer, the slammer, the rupert’. This shows us that this female has a sense of passion for what she is explaining and sharing. It

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At the beginning of Mrs Rip Van Winkle, Duffy shows the female to be extremely upset and depressed. The first line states, ‘I sank like a stone’. She uses this metaphor because a stone is an inanimate object that will undoubtedly sink; it shows her pessimistic attitude towards life. This indicates that the female is not strong, and cannot cope. As the poem continues she becomes optimistic and changes her life, to become independent and strong. This shows an immense amount of power and strength. From depending on someone to living life on your own shows great courage. She begins by making aspirations, ‘I found hobbies for myself. Painting.’ She slowly builds self-esteem, and then broadens her horizons. ‘The Leaning Tower. The Pyramids. The Taj Mahal’. She experiences dreams she’s always wanted to make happen. She then states’ I made a little watercolour of them all’.

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Charles Darwin we know invented the theory of evolution, and was very involved and contained in his work. This suggests to us that Mrs Darwin may have been sometimes disregarded, for Darwin’s experiments. Although this poem is extremely short and contains mostly monosyllabic words we can see that Mrs Darwin is very capable of standing up for her beliefs, and is a strong women.  

The three poems discussed all show the strength the females have, and how they achieved it or used it. The females all end feeling more substantial, proud and powerful. Each of the women’s individual strength came about from the male’s weakness.

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