The Two Duffy Poems I Have Chosen To Compare The Way She Presents

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The two Duffy poems I have chosen to compare the way she presents
the speaker’s relationship with the person she is speaking to are
Havisham and Elvis Twin Sister. Havisham is in a form of a monologue.

Choose two Duffy Poems. Compare the way she presents the speaker’s
relationship with the person she is speaking to (or about)

Most of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems are about love, but that does not
always mean that they contain positive connotations. Some contain
positive where as quite a few of them have negative. The two Duffy
poems I have chosen to compare the way she presents the speaker’s
relationship with the person she is speaking to are ‘Havisham’ and
‘Elvis’ Twin Sister’.

‘Havisham’ is in a form of a monologue. She begins by telling the
reader the cause of her troubles. She states ‘beloved sweetheart
bastard’ which is an oxymoron meaning an apparent contradiction for
example loving hate. She uses words to describe her bitter and angry
tone such as ‘bastard’, ‘strangle’, ‘Nooooo’ and also ‘bang’. Duffy
has used these words to make the readers aware of the anger that is
going through this character. Duffy gives us an impression that the
character does not like how she looks as she describes herself as a
‘spinster’ which is a female version of a bachelor. However if one
calls a women a spinster it is in derogatory term meaning it is very
offensive. She also states ‘ropes on the back of my hands I could
strangle with’. This quote has two metaphors, one of them meaning rope
as in two strangle him or rope on the back of my hands meaning veins
of an old women. Miss Havisham is aware of her own stink because she
does not ever change her clothes or wash. She stays in bed and screams
in denial. At other times she looks and asks herself “who did this” to
her? She sometimes dreams almost tenderly or erotically of her lost
lover, but when she wakes the hatred and anger return. Thinking of how
she “stabbed at the wedding cake” she now wants to work out her
revenge on a “male corpse”, most probably that of her...

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