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…
Compare and contrast the ways in which Duffy and Pugh present politics within their poems
Both Duffy and Pugh engage with a range of political issues in their poems. Both of them seem very critical of modern society and political leaders.
In 'Weasel Words' Duffy criticises the way politicians are filled with deceit. The epigraph to the poem, defines weasel words as being ‘empty of meaning’, introduces the key theme of the poem. She uses the sonnet form to parody the logical argument of political…
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is a story about how anyone can change. Ebenezer Scrooge is a selfish and hard-hearted old man.
One Christmas Eve the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley appears to him.
Mr. Marley was as selfish as Scrooge, and now his spirit is
He tells Scrooge that he must change his ways, and tells scrooge that three more ghosts will visit him. These
three spirits show Scrooge his past, his present and a possible future.…
Perhaps Duffy has called the poem ‘Havisham’ rather than Miss Havisham because Miss has connotations of femininity and youth. In stanza two she calls herself a “Spinster.” This suggests that she is lonely and unlikely to marry. Duffy uses a one word sentence to emphasise that her life stopped when she was left at the altar. This is highlighted by the caesura which demands the reader to pause and reflect on that word.
Duffy uses an oxymoron is the first stanza of the…
‘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…
March 5th 2013
A Christmas Carol
In Charles Dickens’ holiday novel
A Christmas Carol
, the main character Ebenezer
Scrooge goes from a “covetous old sinner” (Dickens 2) in the beginning of the story to “A good
friend, as good a master, and as good a man” (Dickens 68) by the end of the book. He is lead
through this change of heart by several phantoms. When turning this wellknown story into film,
the directors of the movies adhere closely to Dickens’ words and descriptions of the ghosts…
need assistance buying food and even cash assistance for those who don't have a good enough salary to maintain their household.
Lynch, Rene. "Ann Romney Flap: Stay-at-home Moms Are worth $112,000, Study Says." Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.
This article states that stay- at- home mom: Ann Romney, would be making $112,000 a year for just staying at home and taking care of her children as well as doing how duties.
A website called Salary.com asks…
Epiphany In Poetry
Epiphanies in the poems “Carrion Comfort” by G.M Hopkins and “Dejection: An Ode” by S.T. Coleridge are initially seen as an act of healing and consolation , but a tone of ambiguity in “Carrion Comfort”, and of dismay in “Dejection: An Ode” ultimately complicate the very possibility of healing. In “Carrion Comfort” the epiphany leads to further questions about God in relation to the speaker’s struggles. Consequently, this endless cycle of questioning results in a distinctly ambiguous…
Compare and contrast how Duffy and Lochhead explore memories
Both Carol Ann Duffy and Liz Lochhead provide an exploration of their childhood memories, and how these memories have changed and developed with age into analysis of social expectations of men and women in the 1960's. In Duffys poem Litany and Lochheads poem 1953, both poets reflect on their childish perceptions of their parents conformity to social convention.
Duffy and Lochhead excellently implement a dramatic monologue…