1. Like all good poems this poem appeals at different levels and leaves room for speculation. What does the poem mean to you? What ideas do you think Carol Ann Duffy is trying to convey? Write as fully as you can about the impression this poem made on you.
Carol Ann Duffy I think is trying to convey and emphasise how Miss Havisham has lived her life because of the ruined marriage. I think the points she is trying to get across is 1. How mad she is. 2. The anger coming from Miss Havisham 3. How she felt and feels now. I think she does this by making the poem 1st person as if it’s a diary or Miss Havisham’s thoughts because it is very personal. I like the poem, it’s quite curious to see what goes on inside a mad woman’s head, especially after what’s happened to her. You see all the anger pouring from her, and the poem keeps you interested in it, because the emotions the poem gives out are very strong. Especially the first line ‘Beloved sweetheart bastard.’
2. Write about the techniques and use of language in the poem. How do they contribute to the effectiveness of the poem? How do they help to get over the ideas in the poem?
Imagery - Colour seems to play an important part in the imagery of the poem - green, yellowing, white, red - even the curses are puce. It affects the audience by, producing an image in their mind and giving details to what the scene was like.
Oxymoron - The enjambment from line 12 into line 13, separating “Love’s” and “hate” emphasizes the oxymoron and produces pressure onto the word “hate” because of the distancing. So it stands out more, and emphasizes the anger of her feelings.
Plosive sounds ‘B’s – More than one she uses plosive ‘B’ sounds to burst out her mouth to make the feeling she conveys to be as harsh as possible.
Alliteration – She also uses more than one plosive sound in a sentence so it becomes alliterated.
Second oxymoron - “Beloved sweetheart bastard” shows that she still has feelings for him as the beloved and...