Giving a voice to those on the margins is one of Carol Ann Duffy’s main focuses and ideas when writing poetry. She portrays this impressionist view in many different ways, one being writing about the way people may feel displaced; ‘Head of English’ is one of Duffy’s poems which displays a form of displacement; it’s a monologue in which Duffy caricatures the teacher’s style of speech. The ‘poet in the class’ is made known very quickly that one is not welcome by not the students but the teacher because of the possibility of the poet being a threat to the teacher’s own status. From the start of the poem to the end the speakers tone is belittling and dismissive – ‘a real live poet’, ‘notice the ink stained fingers’- But it becomes apparent that the teacher isn’t perhaps as confident in her understanding of the subject as she wishes to be. The speaker/teacher confronts her class as “girls”, which seems slightly to patronising to be said in secondary school. Her linguistic knowledge, too, is uncertain and she mixes metaphors ‘on with the Muse’ and uses clichés ‘we don’t want winds of change about the place’. Ironically, the teacher thinks she is a better poet than the visitor, who has a ‘published book’- I believe the teacher tries her hardest to make herself feel as confident as possible and in some way show of in front of the poet to impress her students- this teacher does not want to open any new doors or have her ability (which is uncertain) undermined by the outsider. In
Poetry has the ability to give the responder different ideas and emotions by showing the poets imagination. There are many types of poems such as: Free verse, Acrostic, Limerick, Sonnet, and Haiku etc. The two poems I have chosen for my essay is Stealing by ‘Carol-Ann Duffy’ and We real cool by ‘Gwendolyn Brooks.’ Carol-Ann Duffy is a poet and playwright. She writes about oppression, gender and violence, in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools. Gwendolyn Brooks was…
‘Medusa’ by Carol Ann Duffy
a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a and and and and and are are as at at at at at at bad bags be beautiful bee betray better bird boulder bowl breath bride’s bullet but buzzing by cat come doubt down dragon dull dusty eyes fanged far fell filthy fire for for for foul foul fragrant from from ginger girls girls glanced glanced go God gone Gorgon gravel Greek grew grey grey ground hairs handful head heap heart here hissed home housebrick I I I I I I I I I I I’m if…
In Havisham, Carol Ann Duffy creates an interesting character. Write about the way the character is created, and compare this with the way other characters are created in three other poems. You should compare it with one poem by Simon Armitage and two poems from the pre-1912 poetry bank.
In Havisham, Carol Ann Duffy explores the character of Mrs Havisham and develops her by using vivid imagery and metaphors. She starts the poem with ‘Beloved sweetheart bastard’ which is an oxymoron, used to display…
patriarchal system. Margaret Atwood’s novel
published in 1986 is a dystopian fiction told from the first person narrative of Offred. The
novel explores the destruction of female identity within a theocratic dictatorship. Carol Ann
Duffy’s collection Feminine Gospels gives the notion of women’s liberation which looks
beneath surface of the female form. These texts explore how women have tried to take power
over themselves and establish an identity beyond the one given to them…
Compare the central characters in ‘Medusa’ and ‘My Last Duchess’
Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Medusa’ and Robert Browning’s ‘My Last Duchess’ are two entirely different poems in many respects. Written in entirely different eras, some would say that they are as opposite as poetry could be. However, their central characters have some remarkable similarities that strike a chord with the reader and represent a common theme.
In each of the poems, both Medusa and the Duke of Ferrara represent the fickleness…