She uses the second person throughout the poem. We were allowed to choose poems to learn. I welcome poems not originally written in English, though a translation should be included. The whole collection was just. You see this came back to me as I stood on the scales. And me so butch in my boots down the macho bars.
Now you are naked under your clothes all day, slim with deceit. Duffy goes onto describe a rather exaggerated sense of fun that her mother and her mother's friends had before she was born. Favorite poems in the collection: Valentine, Adultery, Drunk. They have lost their home, their own self and more. The final section the last two stanzas focus on her journey from the places of the past, to which she will never return again. Joseph's convent school, her early love poems give no indication of her homosexuality; the object of love in her verses is someone whose gender is not specified. It is in this stanza that the narrator's identity slips away from them.
This opening line uses a metaphor to compare the people in the pub to zombbified creatures who have little to no purpose in their lives, eliciting sympathy for them, in a pitying way. You follow your shadow through the house, discover that objects held in the hands can fill a room with pain. Then, selfish autobiographical sleep in a marital bed, the tarnished spoon of your body stirring betrayal, your heart over-ripe at the core. Carol uses many senses to describe the pull from and the urge to go back to safety. In the first stanza there are two oxymoron's used by the persona.
The image of drinking recurs, but more hopefully. She also suggests that her lover is a reflection of herself. The mercenaries felt like a strangers to their environment even though it was their own home. You lived here only to stand here now and half-believe that you did. S5 — She may have weighed herself early in the morning before going shopping and this has caused her thoughts to go back to her slim figure of her younger years and generate tears.
They 'sudden swarm' and then 'string you'. This is a key motif of the poem. The landscape is filled with sadness for her and as she leaves, the place that used to be her home already begins to feel unreal from her as she is finally disconnected from it. Not all the women are wives, however. Link to gender values and stereotypical roles. Shallots are chosen; well she could have chosen onions.
This perhaps links with the bitterness of the biographer and how the authors name is well known when his never will be. In the first stanza she describes a seedy bar in which images of death and decay feature strongly. What are they speaking about? Yes, many pieces have a choice phrases like 'dustjacket smile', but this was lacking familiarity, intimacy, humour and relevance. She also touches on the idea that the past forms the person you become today- possibly triggered by her own experiences. Hands can do many things. Comment also on the use of repetition within them.
The driver looks like death. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009. Sly sums of money wink at you in the cab. However, the poet got some satisfaction when she earned the National Lottery award of 75,000 pounds, a sum that far exceeded the stipend that poet laureates receive. She ironically compares this to confetti, linking back to the bridal image but in an unpleasant way as she shakes it from her hair.
Many of her images have layers of meaning. This is an easy enough metaphor, with the light being a metaphor for happiness. Unlike all the previous poems, it is unclear what the age of Carol Ann Duffy is in this poem. Why do you think the poet uses a series of minor and simple sentences at the end of stanza two? I'm sure others will jump out at me in future. The theme of time is also presented in this poem. In the first stanza Duffy describes a bar where the images of death and decay feature strongly. Identify them and comment on their effect.
It is also very touching to remind yourself of the happy times spent with mum. You go for a drink, released by a journey into nowhere, nowhen, and all the way home you forget. I'm giving this a 3. There's cruelty abounding, in 'The Grammar of Light', 'Havisham', 'Never Go Back', 'Adultery'. Her previous life there is seen by her as a necessary mistake, a stage in her life that she had to go through only in order to change and develop into the person that she is now. What words and images does Duffy use to present the house as hostile? She is describing both the products of the 1960's and religious mass.