In the first stanza Duffy describes a bar where the images of death and decay feature strongly. She killed the wolf while he slept and then she left the woods alone. In the poem, the narrator is in a park, watching a boy playing with a toy boat. Not written in sentence forms throughout - uses disjointed phrases or even a single word. The thought of me doesn? This also shows that the narrator's ego has not yet completely diminished.
Fourth Stanza I love the opening two lines of this final stanza. Even then I wanted the bold girl winking in Portobello, somewhere in Scotland, before I was born. I remember my hands in those high-heeled red shoes, relics, and now your ghost clatters toward me over George Square till I see you, clear as scent, under the tree, with its lights, and whose small bites on your neck, sweetheart? We have various time references, but the poem is not chronological. Duffy goes onto describe a rather exaggerated sense of fun that her mother and her mother's friends had before she was born. The atmosphere created when the snowman is stolen is quite daunting. What stands out to most to me about these poems is that in all these poems it shows that love is something that part of our life. The sigh is almost sarcastic, in which case the thief is a very unscrupulous character.
I do like this poem. I consider that the language contributes to the mood of the poem. The poem is organised with four even stanzas of five lines. The poet creates a contradiction by contrasting the romantic poem style of the title with a negative in the opening line. Here, she is thinking back to memories of when she was a child and was exploring the environment around her. Her poetry frequently steps to one side of an experience and redraws its ostensible shape, smudging away at any exclusive edges, so that the supposed fixity of an experience or relationship becomes more plastic,more malleable. She can perceive her visually and through the sense of smell as scent that lends the reminiscence a touch of it occurring in the present.
Treatment of tadpoles hints at the cruelty in the adult world. Beachcomber is a poem which focuses on childhood memories, specifically memories of Duffy when she was a child and was visiting the beach. This is an easy enough metaphor, with the light being a metaphor for happiness. In the sixth and final stanza the speaker seems to question the meaning of life, and clearly has death on their mind and the impact of their death on the people around them. However, the quotation could also allude to Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame where there is a sense of glamour and romance that is not associated with Glasgow.
This perhaps links with the bitterness of the biographer and how the authors name is well known when his never will be. The only difference in language, between the immigrants and the indigenous children is the fact that the British speakers use a lot of slang in their language and the immigrants speak Standard English. The poem never mentions looking at a photograph but Duffy has affirmed that this is indeed the case. The last stanza shows how love will always still be there, just like the scent of an onion. This may suggest her loss of innocence and virginity to the wolf.
The mention of bells is also very ambiguous. We know what is going to happen to the 'laughing, sparkling girl. The dramatic monologue starts off as very hopeful. A conversational is adopted throughout that demonstrates this love and this is communicated through false conversations between the two of them. A Speaking Voice Like in 'Stealing' Duffy creates a sense of someone speaking to another.
. It is a process we all go through and cannot change. This could be a metaphor for inner beauty from Duffy, a component in a relationship that matters a lot more than red roses or satin hearts. In the next stanza the narrator reveals how ten years passed and how she eventually grew up and decided to leave. Whereas the man in Kid feels angry towards his father, and resents him too. The self-centredness of the child its impact of its mother's life is suggested by the poem starting with 'I' and ending with 'mine'.
A woman was expected to stay home to nurse her children in Glasgow in the 1950s. That glamorous love lasts where you sparkle and waltz and laugh before you were mine. The fifth stanza is a time reference. Poem not clearly conclusive but ends with implied threat - kitchen knife may become a weapon for a jealous lover. And then whilst I was busy not being me, and not being me for a very long time, my mother was living her own life happily without me, enjoying the freedom of youth, and having adventures! The title of the poem offers an interesting contrast in of itself as being called Before You Were Mine seems to suggest the notion of a romantic love when in fact the poem is about a platonic relationship. Her future was a full of potential and excitement, 'the fizzy, movie tomorrows'.
Duffy then moves on to describe a very typical scene for so many: getting told off for coming home late and missing curfew. Key images: photographer as a priest darkroom like church, he teaches us how fragile we are, as in Isaiah's All flesh is grass. Language As in 'Stealing' the language of this poem is mostly fairly straightforward, and Duffy creates a sense of a conversation. The author describes the photo of her mother with two of her friends. Make comparisons within and between the poems you choose to write about. It seems juicy to read a poem in which a daughter imagines how full of life and fun her mother must have been before she was born. In both poems Eurydice and Mrs.
The first half of the poem celebrates… 923 Words 4 Pages Medusa by Carol Ann Duffy The poem Medusa explores the theme of jealousy and anger; the poet illustrates this using the extended metaphor of a Greek mythological creature Medusa, whose story describes her as a beautiful maiden that is turned into a hideous creature after being raped by Poseidon. The language the child uses is very simple; short sentences beginning with 'I', 'me' or 'mine' in them. So, it stands to reason, that I must first analyse the quote from Shakespeare's will, before addressing the poem itself, as Carol Ann Duffy has drawn our attention to it. Duffy writes in free verse, much more than any other poet we have yet seen in the selection other than Owen Sheers. Similarly, in the novel Waterland Graham Swift also presents curiosity as a central theme of the narrative. Not only is this a rhetorical question, but it also includes sibilance of the 'S' sound, and a listing structure also. The alliteration takes the reader from classic pop-culture to not so classic pop-culture, acting as a metaphor for the slow decline of the narrator.