The Cliche Kid- Carol Ann Duffy

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  • The Cliche Kid
    • Stanza 1
      • "need"
        • semi-modal verb
      • "father's ballgown"
        • distorted image of the speakers childhood as they have obviously blurred the gender roles of their mother and father
          • lost grip of their identity and how they are unaware of how to act in society.
      • "his kiss, his French scent"
        • vivid memory
    • Stanza 2
      • "Give me a shot of something"
        • Connatations to bullets- wants to permantely escape? Suicidal thoughts?
      • "boozing"
        • Desperation for an opportunity or a chance.
      • "Big Bertha ******* out from the porch"
        • Alliteration/noun Plosive sound suggests a resentful tone/ angry at their childhood?
    • Stanza 4
      • "butch in my boots"
        • Cliche term
      • "Bonkers"
        • mental decline
      • "seeing childhood in the conkers through my tears"
        • game associated with childhoods
    • Stanza 3
      • "I'm screwed up, Doc. jumpy...
        • Enjambment- constantly losing their train of thought- shows they are isolated and trapped within their own thoughts
        • Mental illness?
    • Stanza 5
      • "give me a break"
        • masculine expectations
      • "don't let me pine for that first love"
        • a cliche
    • Stanza 6
      • "Sweet Jesus"
        • mild explicit
      • "the fresh-baked grass, dammit the new-mown bread"
        • confused cliche, use of deviated idioms conveys the breakdown of the speakers mind, and how they are no longer part of the world
          • emotions are so overpowering they cannot form simple phrases/sentences.
    • Themes: Mental health and isolation amongst young people


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