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    • what the poem is about
      • is about unconditional love
    • tittle
      • implies a question
        • eg 'will you marry me' ' will you love me forever'
          • creates the idea of an insecurity on behalf of the lover
      • ambiguous
    • earth
      • stone
        • cold and unresponsive
        • an image of un-feeling
      • fossil
        • kiss is dead
        • metaphor
        • lifeless no passion
      • contrast to a usual expectation of a kiss
      • persona loves there lover even if they were physically repulsive and passionless
      • ' your long legs cold as rivers locked in ice '
        • harsh constants      sounds
        • un- open to love
    • structure
      • every stanza begins and end with a conditional. and possessive      pronouns dominate the start of the other four lines . and each stanza ends with an affirmation 'yes. yes'
        • a recurring pattern suggests the love is continuous and is impossible to change
      • regular sextets
        • creates a scene of regularity
          • unchanging like the persona's love
    • second person
      • addressed to persona loved one
    • fire
      • Greek mythology m. was a monster with living snakes as hair which cold turn people to stone
        • sibilance 'Medusa hissing'
          • threatening
          • snake like
          • dangerous
        • methaphor for if she was evil
      • passionate,    fierce        dangerous, quick tempered
      • ' a red- hot poker in your throat'
        • her words could hurt
      • 'small coal glowing in your heart
        • un-capable of love
      • 'your fingers burning pungent brands on flesh'
        • even if you hurt me, aliteration  hard consonant sounds
    • water
      • 'roaring, foaming waterfall'
        • overpowering dominating
      • 'your arms a whirlpool'
        • controlling trapped in a relsionship
      • 'breast a deep dark lake nursing the downed'
        • harsh consonant      sounds
        • bleak image linking to the idea of death, the relationship is suffocating
        • 'nursing the drowned'- the lover wants her dead, she'll only love her once she's dead
        • the lover wants to be powerful and  Duffy is reduced to powerless
          • the writer is saying i have no power, you have control over me. love in unconditional even if it makes the persona weak
      • 'mouth an ocean
        • deep intense
    • air
      • 'empty'
        • nothingness, no sense of feeling, lack in emotional feelings
      • ' your movements sudden'
        • un-predictable
      • 'only breeze'
        • empty gives the impression that the lover is completely with drawn. no substance
      • recuring  image of nothingness says that even if this love was incomplete, unrequainted
        • even though the love isnt enough the answer is still yes
    • links lover to the four elements; earth, fire, water and air
      • even if it meant suffering her life she would still say yes
    • the poem is ambiguous
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