N5 – Textual Analysis – The Eight Marker

From today’s class (presentation at the end):

The theme of relationships is important in this poem. With close textual reference, show how this theme is explored in this poem and in at least one other poem you have read by Duffy.

Commonality

  • Duffy explores the idea of presenting relationships in a truthful and non-clichéd way in Valentine.
  • She also explores…
  • In XXXX she uses relationships to…

Valentine

  • When Duffy says “not a red rose or a satin heart” she is making clear that her approach to the relationship is going to be original.
  • Both of these items are clichéd symbols of love – Duffy rejects them.
  • The theme of relationships is important in this poem. With close textual reference, show how this theme is explored in this poem and in at least one other poem you have read by Duffy.

Havisham

  • When Duffy says “beloved sweetheart bastard” she gets across that the relationship features both love and hate.
  • The repeated B sound is alliteration and reflects the anger felt by Havisham after being jilted.

Mrs Midas

  • Duffy asks, “but who… can live with a heart of gold?” and this shows that a relationship needs more than money to survive.
  • She deliberately uses a metaphor and then uses it literally. Gold cannot support love because it is lifeless.

HOMEWORK – Due Monday 27th February

WAR PHOTOGRAPHER

Using close textual reference, show how the presentation of the main character in this poem is similar or different to the presentation of the main character in another poem or poems by Duffy which you have read. (8)

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