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. Duffy mentions an alcoholic friend which adds to the core themes of the poem, suggesting that things have gone badly wrong in the friend's life. The dramatic monologue starts off as very hopeful. This could create a sense of sadness as well as a sickening feeling towards the persona depending on how it is interpreted. Duffy uses darkness and drinking in bars to represent her feelings about time time being the key theme here. Some of the major themes of this poem include identity, the past, naivety, childhood, suffering, loneliness and unease. The fourth and final stanza shows that the narrator thinks it is perfectly reasonable to be talking to a friend the skull , and in her confused state this out of body experience is perfectly natural.
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. Therefore is only temporary and could portray an idea that the love presented in Valentine is also inconsistent. Anything's possible in this creepy world. Then the sentence would mean that the hate that belongs to love is behind a white veil. Even the kitchen is 'sullen' and the apples are 'rotten to the core'.
What were the reasons for this and what is it like when you see them now? Duffy's manuscripts are housed at the Robert W. Author Posted on Categories The Biographer Poem Overview Summary of poem: The Biographer is narrated in the first person by a fan of Charles Dickens, who is commissioned to write a biography of the author. I give you an onion. That's a lot of analysis on one little word, but it just goes to show: Duffy is a master packer. In the third stanza however the details from the narrator's past are still prominent as they explain how brainy they used to look. It is also very touching to remind yourself of the happy times spent with mum. Overall the poem presents a figure trying to come to terms with their own sense of of failure - and even failing at that.
This is reinforced as only singular objects are mentioned in the room. The angry tone makes the poem realistic as it is addressing how it is normal for relationships not to be perfect. Lines 15-16 Give me a male corpse for a long slow honeymoon. There is a sense of self-deception in these meetings, as if everyone is trying to convince themselves that they are still close friends, yet she feels emotionally disconnected from them and the person she used to be when she lived there. First Questions First Answers Question Find examples of words and images related to death and disease in the poem. The second stanza refers to a strong feeling of reality that soldiers feel once they leave home. She could be talking to herself, which gives a detached feeling; she could be talking to the people she knew in the past, addressing the ghosts of her memories.
There is a real sense of judgement from the persona for the choices that these nameless people have made in their lives, although they are nameless and faceless and could be reflective of any bar in any town, where people who have little emotional comfort in their lives take refuge, or where alcoholics go to get a fix. The major themes of the poem are isolation, vulnerability, death, self-examination and identity. This contrasts with the long sentence in the previous line of the last stanza. Furthermore, Duffy using the house to reflect the loveless attitudes in the relationship strongly highlights how dysfunctional it is. Could be seen as oxymoronic as lightbulbs typically give off heat.
However, it could be indicated as a metaphor for the effect the light is diffusing. It is a very ambiguous poem which inverts and subverts many traditional ideas of gender. Duffy goes onto describe a rather exaggerated sense of fun that her mother and her mother's friends had before she was born. Poem Name: Disgrace by Duffy Overview of the Meaning: A poem which deals with the death of a relationship. The onomatopoeic rustle that the dress makes emphasises the oddness of a father figure wearing a dress. In this poem Duffy is describing the relationship between adults consciousness and children's consciousness.
And after another pause, we arrive at line 13, which completes the statement. He appears to be bitter that he is not as successful as the writer in question, and seeks approval from the writer. The final section the last two stanzas focus on her journey from the places of the past, to which she will never return again. In Nostalgia by Carol Ann Duffy, the mercenaries, strong brave men, described in the poem are tormented by the same feeling of nostalgia. She could be talking to herself, or she could be serving to make the reader feel more involved in the poem, as we all have a past and the images can be personalised.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring, if you. This could be why Duffy avoids making the poem too particular, so that the reader can imagine their own past. After hunting for the essence of Dickens, even down to having an affair like him, the persona does not feel proud of the biography he has now published. Perhaps the affair is becoming more and more difficult to hide. Overall the poem presents a figure trying to come to terms with their own sense of of failure - and even failing at that. It is as though going back has brought some release and she is no longer limited by where she comes from or where she is going.