Essay on Carol ann duffy

“Shooting Stars” by Carol Ann Duffy Commentary

The poem “Shooting Stars” by Carol Ann Duffy, is written in the perspective of a Jewish woman who was killed during the Holocaust. The woman speaks to another woman about the atrocities they had endured as Jews, and how despite all hardships faith still remains.Structurally, the poem is very uniform. It has a title followed […]

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Shooting Stars – Carol Ann Duffy

Shooting Stars The poem ‘Shooting Stars’ by Carol Ann Duffy tells a shocking story of a female prisoner held by Nazis in a concentration camp around the time of the Holocaust. The poem is set in 1940, Hitler and his Nazi party had taken control of most of Europe and had vowed to exterminate the […]

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Critical Essay Before You Were Mine

“Before you were mine” by Carol Ann Duffy is a very emotionally charged poem about loss and cherished memories. The poet explores the significance of the past by looking back nostalgically and celebrating her mother’s previous, glamorous life before she was blessed with her child. The poet uses the techniques of tone, word choice and […]

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Duffy and Donne and their portrayal of the loss of identity

Identity and distinctiveness has habitually been subjected to in most of John Donne’s poems, in this case the “Holy Sonnet IV”, as has been questioned in Carol Ann Duffy’s “Originally”. In these poems, which have been written centuries apart, both poets display well the loss of identity suffered by them and the great impact of […]

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Valentine By Carol Ann Duffy

The poem, ‘Valentine’, is a monologue by Carol Ann Duffy addressed to her lover. It is part of the set ‘Mean Time’ published in 1993. It explores an unorthodox and frank side of love and compares it to the frivolities of Valentines day. The poem is written in free verse and has no rhyme scheme. […]

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War Photographer By Carol Ann Duffy

“War Photographer” by Carol Ann Duffy is a poem which explores the theme of moral ambiguity in the field of war photography which is important in today’s society. The poet has conveyed this issue through the eyes and thoughts of a war photographer and highlights the controversy surrounding this profession.In the first stanza the reader […]

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War Photographer By Carol Ann Duffy Analysis

A poem which describes a person’s experience is War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy. The poem depicts a photographer who has recently returned from an assignment to a war-ridden country. It emphasises the harshness of war photography through the photographer’s thoughts on his experience abroad. In the first stanza, Duffy conveys the nature of the […]

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Compare how Carol Ann Duffy presents women in the poems Havisham and Salome

In the poems ‘Havisham’ and ‘Salome’ the characters have both experienced pain conflicted by love. Love has been a big part in both of these women’s lives as it has mentally scarred them and affects them in their future love lives. However both scarred, their lives are almost completely different Carol Ann Duffy makes the […]

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Duffy’s Style

In her poems Carol Ann Duffy explores many subjects and themes including love, a female’s perspective of well known legend, dream-like poems, other people and poems from her own experience. Some poems with these themes include, ‘Valentine’, ‘Mrs. Midas’, ‘Dream of a Lost Friend’, ‘War Photographer’ and ‘Originally’. Many of Duffy’s poems are in a […]

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Valentine By Carol Ann Duffy Analysis

‘Valentine’ by Carol Ann Duffy is a poem which creates a contradiction by contrasting the romantic poem style of the title, ‘Valentine,’ with a negative in the opening line, cancelling out any traditional thoughts of valentines, ‘Not a red rose or a satin heart. ‘ In this first line Duffy is stating a matter of […]

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War Photographer, Valentine and Before You Were Mine

Carol Ann Duffy has written many poems and many of them are linked but in different ways, to substantiate this I am going to refer to three of her poems and compare them with one another. The poems that I have chosen are ‘War Photographer’, ‘Valentine’ and ‘Before You Were Mine’. My first impression of […]

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Salome by Carol Ann Duffy

The poem ‘Salome’, by Carol Ann Duffy, is written in the first person, seemingly from the perspective of a woman given indicators such as the fact that the person has been involved intimately with a man; ‘the reddish beard’. The first three lines of the poem, all of which uses enjambment, only come to make […]

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The Beggar Woman by William King and Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

The Beggar Woman was written around 1663 to 1712, by William King. William King worked as a lawyer and judge but wrote poems as a hobby. It can be led to believe that his job may have influenced him to write the Beggar woman, because of some acts of injustice that he may have witnessed.Metaphysical […]

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Standing Female Nude by Carol Ann Duffy

The poem “Standing Female Nude” by Carol Ann Duffy is written from the point of view of a nude model. The poem describes a day in the life of the dissatisfied model, which clearly shows that she finds her profession uninteresting. The tone at times is sombre although it is evident that towards the end […]

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An examination of how Wilfred Owen and Carol Ann Duffy convey the suffering of Wa

The two poems that I have chosen to compare and contrast are Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy. These two poems were written over fifty years apart and yet still manage to convey a similar message, the unnecessary suffering to those involved in war and the ignorance […]

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In Mrs Tilscher’s Class

In her poem ‘In Mrs Tilscher’s Class’, Carol Ann Duffy effectively uses many language techniques to convey the changes that occur in a schoolchild’s outlook and maturity as they grow older. The atmosphere of the poem changes as a result of this. The poem is about a young child and how she views school and […]

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Comprehensive by Carol Ann Duffy

The poem Comprehensive consists of seven stanzas and each stanza has a different voice. Carol Ann Duffy uses the idea of conflict and differences in race and culture in 1985. Comprehensive is written in seven stanzas of six or seven lines. All verses are similar in structure to emphasis the fact that whatever the culture […]

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Valentine By Carol Ann Duffy Argumentative

Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy is an irregular poem with a direct tone. The language is very simple and gets straight to the point. The title suggests love as Valentines Day is a day to celebrate love on the 14th of February ‘Not a red rose or a satin heart, I give you an onion’, […]

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The Kray Sisters – Carol Ann Duffy

The poem begins with “there are the twins” in italics, to show it is an outside voice saying it. This shows that they have a reputation and are well known. Duffy also uses cockney rhyming slang throughout, (frog and toad, mince pies, Vera Lynn) which gives it a voice and identity. The amount of rhyming […]

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Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture and F Scott Fitzgerald’s

As love is a main theme in Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Rapture’ and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ it is no surprise that many methods are used by both authors to discuss the way love is felt and used by people, including the language used, and the confusion that can be caused by the written […]

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Parting with a View by Wistawa Szymborska and Disgrace by Carol Ann Duffy

Both “Parting with a View” by Wistawa Szymborska and “Disgrace” by Carol Ann Duffy use the places which have been havens of tranquility in their previous lives to illustrate the changes which have taken place and symbolise their present emotions. In the poem “Disgrace” Duffy uses the house, that used to be her home, to […]

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