Ann Duffy Essays

  • Carol Ann Duffy

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    Carol Ann Duffy Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow on 23rd. December 1965 .she is widely commended as Britain's leading female poet. She has studied philosophy at Liverpool University. Her mother was Mary Black, an Irish. And her father was called Frank Duffy. She has four younger brothers. She attended St Austin Roman Catholic Primary School, Stafford from 1962 to 1967, after which she attended St Joseph's convent school, Stafford. She was encouraged in poetry by her teacher June

  • Valentine and Stealing - By Carol Ann Duffy

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    ‘Stealing’, By Carol-Ann Duffy FOR IDEAS ONLY, DO NOT COPY In ‘Valentine’ and ‘Stealing’, Carol-Ann Duffy uses an extended metaphor which helps the reader relate to what the poet is trying to get across, and to understand what the feelings are of the narrator. Both poems also focus on the thoughts and emotions of the ‘speaker’, both are structured as conversational pieces, meaning you could just use it to talk to someone, and could imagine the reactions of the person they’re talking to. Duffy also never reveals

  • Before you were mine by Carol Ann Duffy

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    Before you were mine by Carol Ann Duffy Before you were mine ==================== 'Before you were mine' is a poem written by Carol Ann Duffy. It’s a retrospective poignant dramatic monologue, which tells us about her mother's life ten years before Duffy was born. The title suggests that it's a love poem which shows the strong mother and daughter relationship that they had. The poem starts off with a positive image. "…laugh on with your pals Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff…". This shows

  • Critical Analysis of War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy

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    Critical Analysis of War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy In his darkroom he is finally alone with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows. The only light is red and softly glows, as though this were a church and he a priest preparing to intone a Mass. Belfast. Beirut. Phnom Penh. All flesh is grass. He has a job to do. Solutions slop in trays beneath his hands which did not tremble then though seem to now. Rural England. Home again to ordinary pain which simple weather

  • Valentine, by Ann Duffy and First Love by John Clare

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    Valentine is by Ann Duffy. The first thing that caught my attention was the title “Valentine”. Usually when you would hear that word your head would be thinking hearts, love, romance, and choclates etc but not in this case. In this poem it describes love as an onion and this is the constant imagery. The poets aim was to use the onion as a symbol of love rather than the everyday, typical gifts. I think the poem might have been written by a male but adapted by a female poet. My reason for

  • Why does Carol Ann Duffy put Little Red Cap at the beginning of the

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    Why does Carol Ann Duffy put Little Red Cap at the beginning of the collection and Demeter at the end? How effective do you think they are as first and last poems? In Carol Ann Duffy’s collection of poems, “The Worlds Wife” the first and last poems are vital to the collection. The opening poem must successfully introduce the themes and style of poems in the collection and the final poem should conclude the collection. Little Red Cap successfully introduces themes that are present throughout

  • Oppression and Conflict of Holocaust Represented in the Poem, Shooting Star by Carol Ann Duffy

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    The poem "shooting stars" by Carol Ann. Duffy is characterized by a constant use of imagery that helps the reader understand the oppression and conflict represented in the Holocaust. The poem is from the point of view of a woman that died and was a victims of the Nazis, and makes the public relive and comprehend the time of suffering of the Jewish by Hitler in order to accomplish his final solution, in order to make the readers feel sorry for them. The first stanza opens up by saying "after I no

  • The poems' Valentine and In Mrs. Tilchers' Class both experience

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    stanza. From this we can see that both poems are conforming to normal standard, by starting off very positively. In "Valentine" Carol Ann Duffy starts off the poem by describing the state of the relationship and uses the words 'like the careful undressing of love' to create a simile of sexual nature. As the poem progresses, we find out that Carol Ann Duffy is, in fact, ending the relationship with the person concerned. She uses phrases like 'possessive' and 'lethal', which certainly does not

  • Medusa by Carol Ann Duffy

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    To what extent does Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Medusa’ challenge stereotypical masculine and feminine attributes? The World Wife anthology written by Carol Ann Duffy, challenges the established exemplification of prevailing characteristics found in both genders, in a patriarchal society. Duffy manipulates some of these characteristics in the poem through the mythological allusion of medusa. The innocence of womanhood is overshadowed by the protagonists’ related violent imageries; instead, she is seen

  • Handling the Issues of Rage and Murder in Poetry

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    Handling the Issues of Rage and Murder in Poetry The two poems I am going to analyse are 'Education for Leisure' by Carol Ann Duffy and ' The Hitcher. These poems both have potentially dangerous speakers. The first line of 'Education for leisure' contains murderous feeling, this grabs the reader and submerses them into the poem. "Today I am going to kill something. Anything" The poet uses direct and powerful words, by using the word 'something' instead of 'someone' the poet makes

  • Carol Ann Duffy Poem Analysis

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    Carol Ann Duffy is a Scottish poet and playwright. Duffy began to write poetry from the age of 11, and was encouraged by two English teachers to develop her literary talent. At the age of 15, Duffy had a few of her poems published, and she went on to study at the University of Liverpool. In 1977 she received an honours degree in philosophy. During her time at university Duffy also had two plays performed at the Liverpool Playhouse. Duffy was appointed as Poet Laureate on May 1st 2009. Children

  • Carol Ann Duffy's Revision of Masculinist Representations of Female Identity

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    Carol Ann Duffy's Revision of Masculinist Representations of Female Identity Carol Ann Duffy is one of the freshest and bravest talents to emerge in British poetry —any poetry — for years', writes Eavan Boland (Duffy, 1994, cover). This courage is manifest in Duffy’s ability and desire to revise masculinist representations of female identity and her engagement with feminine discourse, a concept which, as Sara Mills points out: has moved away from viewing women as simply an oppressed group, as

  • Comparing Carol Ann Duffy's Havisham and Robert Browning's The Laboratory

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    Comparing Carol Ann Duffy's Havisham and Robert Browning's The Laboratory In the poem “Havisham”, Carol Ann Duffy presents the subject as an old, embittered woman with “ropes on the back of her hands”. In “The Laboratory” by Robert Browning the subject is a strong and determined, but very jealous and embittered, young woman. Both poems are written in the first person in the form of a dramatic monologue. Carol Ann Duffy writes about the feelings of rejection, isolation and desolation that

  • War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy

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    War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy is based on a war photographer who has experienced and witnessed the reality of war. The war photographer has returned to his quite home in England from his latest job. He develops the spools of film, he took in the frontline. As he organizes the pictures, he remembers the terrifying situation he is in, "A stranger's features faintly start to twist before his eyes a half-formed ghost." Then, he sends those pictures to

  • How does Duffy’s treatment of themes of war and death involve the reader in the poem ‘war photographer’?

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    Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘War Photographer’ shows the life and actions of a photographer and portrays how unappreciative we are of what the photographer has to see and go through to take photographs. The poem shows that photographers are doing their duty, but we are not reacting to the photographs in the way that we should be. ‘War photographer’ tries to put a point across to make us realise that war is wrong and the public have become hardened to it. War in the media does not affect us as much as

  • Compare 4 poems (1 Duffy/ 1 Armitage/ 2 Pre 1914) which you have found

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    Compare 4 poems (1 Duffy/ 1 Armitage/ 2 Pre 1914) which you have found interesting because of the way they are structured and the language used. In this essay, I am going to compare four poems, which are " Stealing" by Carol Ann Duffy, "Hitcher" by Simon Armitage, "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning and "The Laboratory" by Robert Browning that I have found interesting as the way they are structured and the language used. The four poems all have similarities between themselves, as they

  • 'Shooting Stars' by Carol Ann Duffy

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    "Shooting Stars" by Carol Ann Duffy is a poem in which we are presented with several complex ideas. This dramatic monologue recounts the last moments of a Jewish woman's life, who was tortured in a concentration camp during World War II. This poem presents us with the simple ideas of genocide, the attempted extermination of Jews by the Nazis, and how the Holocaust has been a history lesson for us. However, when we look beneath the surface of this text, the difficult ideas of the scale of human loss

  • Valentine Carol Ann Duffy Analysis

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    Since no two relationships are alike, love can be expressed through different ways and can still be able to get across to a person’s significant other. The different views of expressing one’s love can be seen in the poem “Valentine,” by Carol Ann Duff, as one lover gives their lover an unusual gift for Valentine's Day. The other way it is shown, is in Julie Sheehan’s poem, “Hate Poem,” which displays one’s love for the other person, using a negative meaning to show how much they truly love the other

  • Review: The World's Wives By Carol Ann Duffy

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    Discovering round characters in its adaptations This paper critically examines the representation of the monsters in Carol Ann Duffy’s collection of poems, “The World’s Wives”. In this collection of poems, Duffy presents the characters anew for the readers to look at those that were previously presented as two dimensional characters within the bounds of original works. Duffy brings to life her own representation of the characters be it monster or victim providing a new insight. This paper focuses

  • Analysis Of Valentine's Day By Carol Ann Duffy

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    Ordinarily, Valentine’s Day conjures up images of exchanging flowers, chocolates, cards, and so on and so forth for most people, except Carol Ann Duffy, who buys her lover’s Valentine’s Day gift in the produce aisle of her local grocery store, an onion. In her poem appropriately titled, “Valentine,” she challenges her lover to adopt her what she deems a realistic notion that if one has true love for another, romance can be found in any gift, even something as unromantic as an onion. In order to convey