Other slides in this set

Slide 2

Preview of page 2

Here's a taster:

Carol Ann Duffy
· Born on December 23 1955, in Glasgow, Scotland.
· Carol Ann was the eldest child, and had four brothers.
· Carol Ann Duffy was educated at St. Austin Roman
Catholic Primary School.
· In 1974 she went Liverpool University, where she
read philosophy.
· She has worked as a freelance writer in London,
now she lives in Manchester.
· Britain's first female Poet Laureate, Professor Carol
Ann Duffy OBE and CBE.…read more

Slide 3

Preview of page 3

Here's a taster:

Anne Hathaway
'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 he 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

Slide 4

Preview of page 4

Here's a taster:

What is the poem about ?
The poem is about a women called Anne Hathaway who was married to the
playwright William Shakespeare. When her husband died, in his will he left his
wife his second best bed. Ann lived for a further seven years after her husband
died. In this poem Duffy creates the persona of Anne Hathaway and portrays
her remembering having a loving, sexual relationship with him and how she
misses his love.
Who is the speaker ?
The speaker is Anne Hathaway (a real person) not Duffy because she is
talking about her relationship with her husband, Shakespeare.…read more

Slide 5

Preview of page 5

Here's a taster:

'Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed...'
(from Shakespeare's will)
This says that Shakespeare's best bed was
reserved for guests, and that Anne inherited
the one that she and her husband slept in.
This bed becomes the focus of the poem.…read more

Slide 6

Preview of page 6

Here's a taster:

This suggests that as lovers they were as inventive as Shakespeare
was in his dramatic poetry. A metaphor is used to express the magic
of the bed in which Shakespeare made love to Anne.
The bed was centre of love, went to magical A metaphor; the bed is
worlds of sexual pleasure. Also Shakespeare's described as a world
plays consisted of these places. and are madly in love,
when making love they
lose control, striking first
line sets the tone of poem
The bed we loved in was a spinning world
of forests, castles, torchlight, clifftops, seas
where he 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
Represents love, it portrays Alliteration; represents magical rare
true love which is something love. Shooting star you make a wish,
valuable, a hidden treasure her wish was granted when she had
Shakespeare jumped into find sex with Shakespeare…read more

Slide 7

Preview of page 7
Preview of page 7

Slide 8

Preview of page 8
Preview of page 8

Slide 9

Preview of page 9
Preview of page 9

Slide 10

Preview of page 10
Preview of page 10

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar English Literature resources:

See all English Literature resources »See all resources »