National 5 – Duffy Questions

Notes from class: Havisham   “Beloved sweetheart bastard” Use of oxymoron Aggressive language of “bastard” catches your attention. The opening is unexpected, revealing the writer’s conflicted feelings.     “I stink and remember” – She cannot move on with her life. “A red balloon bursting” – symbol of celebration has been destroyed. “I stabbed at a wedding cake” – Shows the anger she felt when … Continue reading National 5 – Duffy Questions

Mrs Midas

Notes from class… Duffy was inspired to write the poem by her friend, a war photographer. She felt the role of a recorder of atrocity was morally interesting. Each stanza ends with a rhyming couplet to give a sense of order – something which the photographer’s mind struggles to achieve. The photographer is compared to a priest as his work is considered extremely important – … Continue reading Mrs Midas

Carol Ann Duffy – Ten Mark Questions

By referring to Anne Hathaway and to at least one other poem by Carol Ann Duffy, discuss her different approaches to the idea of romance. (10) Commonality In Anne Hathaway, Duffy uses romance to show the closeness of the two lovers; it is a perfect love. In Valentine, Duffy uses a more original approach to romance, rejecting common, clichéd ideas. In Havisham, Duffy shows the … Continue reading Carol Ann Duffy – Ten Mark Questions

Carol Ann Duffy – Romance

  The theme of romance is prominent throughout Duffy’s writing. Perhaps it is most openly addressed in “Anne Hathaway”, the elegy written in the persona of William Shakespeare’s wife. Duffy uses a tone of magic in the opening line, where she uses a metaphor to compare the marital bed of Shakespeare and Hathaway to “a spinning world// of forests, castles, torchlight, clifftops, seas”. The long … Continue reading Carol Ann Duffy – Romance