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Character and voice
By Sarah Warris
What the poems are about.
Casehistory: Alison (head injury)
The poem is about Alison, a woman who has suffered brain damage after an accident.
Her memory has been badly affected. Alison looks at a photograph of her younger self and
talks about the person in it as if she were someone else. Although her memory has been
affected, her vocabulary and understanding are still impressive.…read more

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Medusa is one of the Gorgons, three sisters from Greek mythology who had snakes for hair
and whose terrifying gaze turned those who looked at them to stone. Medusa was slain
by the hero Perseus, who chopped off her head. To avoid looking at her directly he used
a highly polished shield as a mirror.
The first person narrator, Medusa, is a woman who has been transformed into a Gorgon
because of her jealousy. She suspects her husband is cheating on her.…read more

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The man had seen the remains of a huge statue in the desert. There were two enormous
legs without a trunk and next to them lay a damaged "visage" (face). At the foot of the
statue were words which reflected the arrogance and pride of Ozymandias. Those words
seem very hollow now as the magnificent statue is destroyed and none of the pharaoh's
works have lasted.
My last duchess
The poem is set in 1564, three years after the death of the Duchess.…read more

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