Hitcher, Education For Leisure, My Last Duchess, and The Lab
"Hitcher" By Simon Armitage, "Education For Leisure" By Carol Anne
Duffy, "My Last Duchess" and "The Lab" by Robert Browning are all
poems that deal with violence or the prospect of violence.
"Hitcher" is a poem about a man who is angry at being threatened with
the sack, he picks up a hitch-hiker and kills him and then leaves him
on the road side. The poetic voice seems to be psychotic and also
talks about the attack in a casual manner.
"Ed for Leisure" also deals with a bitter person who feels he has been
let down by society. As he becomes increasingly demotivated, he gets
more and more violent ending with leaving the house with a bread
knife. Both poets aim to show us that people are unpredictable and
innocent people often fall victim to anger that has gone too far.
Both of the poems are arranged in stanzas, "Hitcher" contains some
full and half rhyme to keep the poem moving but "Education for
Leisure" is in free verse with short abrupt lines showing the
characters irrational mind. Both authors choose to write in the style
of a dramatic monologue as this is an effective way of portraying the
poetic voices, thought and feelings. Simple and direct language is
used by Armitage to demonstrate the characters casual attitude to
violence. It is also used in "Ed for Leisure" to help create the short
staccato lines such as "Today I am going to kill something. Anything."
Both poems by Robert Browning are dramatic monologues, "The Lab" is a
mixture of the main characters thoughts and her words to the
apothecary. She seems very...