LT1 - Duffy Pugh comparison - Love and relationships

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  • Love and relationships
    • Duffy 1. Who loves you
      • Unidentified narrator (ambig age/ gender) mediates on an absent loved one. Worried for their safety in a dangerous far away place.
        • SIBILANT ALLITERATION     "Safety, safely safe home" repeated/ prayered/ chanted at the end of each quatrain and then once extra on final stanza
          • Strong tone  of self mockery
      • "steadiily, hurry towards me" Oxymoranic - creates self mocking tone of knowing children one day have to grow up and leave
        • HYPERBOLE "every day people..."
      • Duffy is exploring the alternate side of love ie maternal/ paternal/ platonic
        • The connotations of love are not as significant as the feelings of anxiety and concern a person can feel for someone they love
    • Pugh 1.     Paradise for the children
      • 3rd person narrative, with first person intrusions
        • Tone of panic "how are you supposed to not worry about them?"
          • SETTING = park
            • CAESURA AND ENJAMBMENT         Fast pace -  "That man....in their direction" typical maternal/ paternal protectiveness
    • Pugh 2.  Sweet 18
      • 1ST person monologue - directly addressed to somebody = sinister and shocking as content would usually remain hidden
      • Idea of a sexual relationship introduced, disturbs reader
        • Half rhyme (almost couplets) reflect the way the narrator and the youthly figure do not match conventionally
      • Destructive, forbidden desire
    • Connection: Both elude to maternal love
    • Connection: Reciprocate love vs destructive/ forbidden love
    • Duffy 2. Oppenheim's Cup and Saucer
      • Rhyming couplets+ sibilance: the slim rope of her spine/ mine - rope = life line or saving themselves
      • 1st person female narrator retelling of sexual encounter. Unpunctuated lover interjections "this is your cup, she whispered"
      • "talked dirty" = eludes to the persona's strong sense of sexuality but "dirty" also = the bad light in which they talk about men/ male partners
      • "Luncheon in fur" sophisticated reference to oral sex
        • Picasso to Oppenheim: you can cover anything with fun Oppenheim "even this cup"
          • She turned taraditional tableware (associated w feminimiyt) into sensuous, sexually punning tableware"
        • Demotic but nontheless elegant voice
      • "far from the loud laughter of men" literally and metaphorically
  • Duffy 2. Oppenheim's Cup and Saucer
    • Rhyming couplets+ sibilance: the slim rope of her spine/ mine - rope = life line or saving themselves
    • 1st person female narrator retelling of sexual encounter. Unpunctuated lover interjections "this is your cup, she whispered"
    • "talked dirty" = eludes to the persona's strong sense of sexuality but "dirty" also = the bad light in which they talk about men/ male partners
    • "Luncheon in fur" sophisticated reference to oral sex
      • Picasso to Oppenheim: you can cover anything with fun Oppenheim "even this cup"
        • She turned taraditional tableware (associated w feminimiyt) into sensuous, sexually punning tableware"
      • Demotic but nontheless elegant voice
    • "far from the loud laughter of men" literally and metaphorically

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