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Anne Hathaway
by Carol Ann Duffy
By Sarah Louise Tout, Ruth Richardson and
Anna-Lena Schaub…read more

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Anne Hathaway
by Carol Ann Duffy from The World's Wife
'Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed ...'
(from Shakespeare's will)
The bed we loved in was a spinning world
of forests, castles, torchlight, clifftops, seas
where we would dive for pearls. My lover's words
were shooting stars which fell to earth as kisses
on these lips; my body now a softer rhyme
to his, now echo, assonance; his touch
a verb dancing in the centre of a noun.
Some nights, I dreamed he'd written me, the bed
a page beneath his writer's hands. Romance
and drama played by touch, by scent, by taste.
In the other bed, the best, our guests dozed on,
dribbling their prose. My living laughing love -
I hold him in the casket of my widow's head
as he held me upon that next best bed.…read more

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Background
· Anne Hathaway (1556-1623)
· She was Shakespeare's wife.
· We do know some things about her - she was
nine years older than her husband, but outlived
him by seven years.
· Shakespeare spent many years working in
London, he made frequent visits to their home
in Stratford-upon-Avon.…read more

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Searching for meaning...…read more

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This is in past
tense, already
telling us that he Anne Hathaway Romantic fantasy
is no longer world, this alludes
alive by Carol Ann Duffy from The World's Wife to the fact that he
is a playwright .
'Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed ...' Could also refer
Romantic imagery (from Shakespeare's will) to reaching
shooting stars are another place
associated with during euphoria of
wishes. Perhaps she The bed we loved in was a spinning world intercourse.
wishes that she is with simile
him once more of forests, castles, torchlight, clifftops, seas
where we would dive for pearls. My lover's words This seems to describe
the most intimate
were shooting stars which fell to earth as kisses moments shared
on these lips; my body now a softer rhyme between them.
Emphasises W.S's
to his, now echo, assonance; his touch occupation as a writer
by using words such as
a verb dancing in the centre of a noun. `assonance', `verb',
Some nights, I dreamed he'd written me, the bed `rhyme', `noun'
a page beneath his writer's hands. Romance casket=coffin
and drama played by touch, by scent, by taste. A place where
she keeps him
In the other bed, the best, our guests dozed on, safe in her mind
It seems to say when dribbling their prose. My living laughing love - and he will
always remain
Shakespeare said it , it was I hold him in the casket of my widow's head there
wonderful and poetic but
when other said it all its as he held me upon that next best bed.
magic would disappear . Rhyming couplet,
Gives
They are not engaged in Reference to
lovemaking
the same poetry as W.S Shakespeare's will
dramatic
and herself status…read more

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Themes
· Love
· Remembrance
· Death…read more

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