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Poetry analysis

1. The form of free verse may symbolise the fact that the speaker is
rebelling against social constraints placed on women. Therefore
Duffy creates a parallel between her freedom In her choice of
form and her speaker's freedom in being free of patriarchal

2. The syntax…

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5. The sibilance in `spring's flowers...mother's house' is used by
Duffy to evoke an idyllic and pleasant atmosphere; it conjures
images of spring and summer.

6. Use of maternal language `my girl' `daughter' further highlights
that this is a poem about maternal love and when coupled with
the poems sonnet…

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4. The natural ethereal imagery related to Thetis; `wind' `air' is
juxtaposed with Duffy portrayal of the man as destructive and
domineering force, `squeeze of his fist'

5. Thetis is initially subservient to the man `I shrunk myself' and
then `shouldered the cross of an albatross' it is only later…

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3. Throughout the poem Duffy uses common clichés and adjectives
to illustrate animal imagery; `I slid from between his heavy
matted paws' This portrays the male as domineering, possessive
and the use of the adjective `heavy' also suggest that the male's
authoritative. (Similar to how queen Herod is splayed beneath…

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1. Duffy appropriately uses the sonnet form considering the
connection between Shakespeare and this form of poetry.

2. Duffy juxtaposes their romantic world of `forests, castles' against
the dull world where their guests are `dribbling prose' This
presents their marriage as magical

3. Duffy's tone is especially celebratory of the…

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emphasising her presence. In addition the description of men as
`drunken' is a negative and often cliché portrayal.

6. Duffy relates women to peaceful imagery such as `sleeping girls'
and `lullabies'

7. The metaphor `we have daggers for eyes' explicitly portrays the
hardships of motherhood. With the collective pronoun `we'…


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