Beautiful by Carol Ann Duffy

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  • Beautiful by Carol Ann Duffy
    • Language
      • Frequent internal rhymes in close proximity
        • Communicates the relentlessness of the attention of the public lens/media photographers
        • Disruptive effect undrmines any sense of regularity which creates a mocking tone presenting a sense of ugliness to the reader instead of the traditional and expected idea of beauty.
    • Form and Structure
      • Helen of Troy
        • Broadly trimeter with extended lines, recalling the meter used by Homer in the illiad
      • Cleopatra
        • Broadly pentameter with much variation, recalling Shakespeare's description of her in Anthony and Cleopatra
      • Marilyn Monroe
        • Pentameter, (perhaps linking back to Cleopatra who is mostly defined by her relationships with men like Marilyn herself) interspersed with other metres
      • Princess Diana
        • Broadly trimeter linking back to Helen (Both recipients of persecution due to their great beauty and their idolisation by the public
      • Circle of rythmic stanzas Short-Long-Short
        • Reflects the growth of media attention which then ends in their downfall reflected by the shorter stanzas at the end.
      • Asyndetic listing
        • Increases the speed of the poem making it seem frantic/a stream of consciousness sort of writing despite being well planned with an elaborate structure
      • Enjambment
        • "gawped/as she posed alone" Stanza 23-24
        • By manipulating the rhythm of her poem, Duffy can establish a fast rhythm and carry on an idea in order to reinforce it in the mind of a reader
        • Challenges the set meter making the poem seem disjointed and 'ugly'
        • Increases the speed of the poem making it seem frantic/a stream of consciousness sort of writing despite being well planned with an elaborate structure
    • Resources
      • TSR Mindmap on Feminine Gospels
      • Youtube Video Analysis
      • Download of powerpoint
      • Guardian on Carol Ann Duffy
      • Language and Structure in the Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy
      • Feminine Gospels notes and activities @ZigZag Education, 2012
    • Connections to other poems in Feminine Gospels
      • Explores the way femininity/ women are mistreated by society/the world
        • The Map-Woman
      • The main character can be termed a goddess/has cosmic qualities
        • The Long queen
        • History
      • Explores the idea of women's involvement throughout history
        • History
        • Sub
      • Female Identity as something ancient that is transmitted through time
        • The Long Queen
          • "The Long Queen couldn't die"
        • Anon
          • "...she passed on her pen like a baton down through the years"
        • Beautiful
          • "She never aged"
        • The Light Gatherer
          • "Like a jeweled cave... opening out at the end of a tunnel of years"

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