AS English - Poems

These are the grids i made for my AS English Literature Exam, not all of them are filled out but they were EXTREMELY HELPFUL! I have a lot of poems on there, you can use your own if you want and change stuff around but i hope this helps!

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Love/Relationships Duffy ­ Eley's Bullet Duffy ­ Oppenheim's Duffy ­ Words, Wide Pugh ­ Eirik The Red
Cup and Saucer Night (Pg 86)
(Pg 79) (Pg 22)
A man called Eley is Erotic lesbian poem Someone speaks to a A Viking comes back
SUBJECT MATTER having an affair with a lover in her mind across home, bringing a priest
married woman. She tells the distance of night. back with him and he has
him one autumn night that a chat with Eirik's wife
the affair is over and kills making her change her
himself religion to Christianity.
Eirik is finding it hard to
accept this.
A marriage growing apart.
Dramatic monologue. The formal structure of Three stanzas, three Syntax is simple and
FORM/STRUCTURE Regular stanza the poem, four couplets, lines each, one stanza of reflects the man's simple,
structurebuilds up mirrors, likes the one line completes the uncomplicated nature.
tension and a sense of women's bodies, the cup poem, which stands out Dramatic monologue,
foreboding and and the couple. and encapsulates the true written in the point of view
inevitability that the The internal breaks in the power of love. of Eirik, creating a vivid
relationship will end and lines, occasioned by sense oh his confusion
so will Eley's life. commas and full stops, and loss.
Like a ballad or a love and reinforced by the
themed film. internal rhyme
Plane sentence structure surrounding the
punctuation, separates
the 'secret life' from the
public one: the lesbian
relationship is, although
articulated, done so
surreptitiously.
The relationship between
the two female
characters is explicitly

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Dramatic monologue:
giving voice rather than
constructing images. In
this way, she challenges
the masculinist
representations of female
identity that pervade
historical and literary
discourse, and women's
lived experience.
"Eley found a bullet with "the slim rope of her The title in itself Reference to `son' states
LANGUAGE/DICTION/ his name on it" ­ Fate, spine" ­ sensual image, expresses a sense of that the next generation
IMAGERY from the start we get a suggests fluidity and space and wonder. brings changes.…read more

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Slid over his skin as he.." They build their own Awesomeness of the hardship but lost her
­ The alliteration and female identity far from universe, she feels that through a priest, ironic
extent of detail gives a the uncomprehending the room is this space. her lost her to religion not
sense of tension and and contemptuous 'loud "This night" "I am thinking another man.
progression, it also gives laughter of men'.…read more

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In this stanza the poet
ended the affair. uses powerful imagery to
"His dog trembled under capture her emotions of a
his hand" ­ Once again blend of sadness, love
creating a sense of and loneliness, by
foreboding and unease. describing singing an
That something bad is impossible song.
going to happen. "Lalala" breaks with
"He hugged the dog till it language and the last
barked" ­ anticipates paragraph concludes it.…read more

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His fingers counted the
beads on her back" ­
Simile which is poetic and
lyrical, expressing love.
"she was" "she told him"
"she tried" ­ seems
methodological, repetitive,
things can only go in one
direction, chilling and flat
tone.
"Latin" ­ Reference to a
dead language
symbolizes things that
are no in the past, dead.
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The use of various
technical terms is used to
kick the poem off with
emotion and emphasis.
Lines 2 & 3 is a rhyming
couplet.
Excitement at the start. Sensual. Wishful. Resentment.
TONE Ends with a depressing Nostalgic. Longing for lost live. Nostalgia.
tone. Fluid. Loss.
Eley is devastated by the Dreamy. Mournful.
fact that his mistress Reverie. Confused to why she had
does not love him to the left him.
exclusion of all the others.…read more

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Rewriting the canonical
love poem to
demonstrate its
ineffectiveness to
express, and to include,
female homosexuality,
she undermines this
traditionally male arena
and claims it as her own.…read more

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Woman's Duffy ­ Standing Female Duffy ­ Mrs. Lazarus Duffy ­ Mrs. Aesop Pugh ­ The Haggard And
Nude (Pg 20) (Pg 135) (Pg 141) The Falconer
Role/Feminism
Sexuality Bible story from Lazarus' Duffy imagines what it A man is training his
SUBJECT MATTER Female/Male dominance. imaginary wife viewpoint. would have been like to hawk and teaching it to
Men overpowering He no longer has a place be married to a man hunt and come back to
women.…read more

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Title reveals I had grieved" ­ Past "By Christ, he could bore "he sits up and starves" ­
LANGUAGE/DICTION/ objectification of women tense shows that she has for purgatory" ­ religious shares the experience
IMAGERY and their position in already experienced grief, overtones meant in a with the hawk.
society and how they are and she has passed that blasphemous way. ­ "hooded blindness, and
often metaphorically phase of her life. Purgatory is a place sleeplessness aching..."
forced to sit down.…read more

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He posses me on of a tie round my bare suggests yet another
canvas" ­ lack of control, neck" ­ suicidal? Or boring story with a moral.
her image is stolen as he taking on the man's role. "What Race? What sour
paints her. Break in stanzas ­ "going grapes?..." ­ questions
"dips the brush | going." ­ this lengthens that might be asked if
repeatedly into the paint" time period.…read more

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