English Literature: Analysis of 16 Poems from the Anthology

Caroline Ann Duffy

Havisham – Page 32

Anne Hathaway – Page 33

Before you were mine – Page 35

Education for Leisure – Page 37

Steeling – Page 38

Simon Armitage

Mother any distance – Page 39

Homecoming – Page 41

Kid – Page 43

Those bastards in their mansions – Page 44

Hitcher – Page 45

Pre-1914 Poems

Page 46 – “On my first Sonne” by Ben Johnson

Page 47 – The Affliction of Margaret by William Wordsworth

Page 50 – Sonnet 130

Page 51 – My Last Duchess

Page 52 – Laboratory

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English Literature, Pre1914 Poetry, Duffy and Armitage
Caroline Ann Duffy
Havisham ­ Page 32
Anne Hathaway ­ Page 33
Before you were mine ­ Page 35
Education for Leisure ­ Page 37
Steeling ­ Page 38
Simon Armitage
Mother any distance ­ Page 39
Homecoming ­ Page 41
Kid ­ Page 43
Those bastards in their mansions ­ Page 44
Hitcher ­ Page 45
Pre1914 Poems
Page 46 ­ "On my first Sonne" by Ben Johnson
Page 47 ­ The Affliction of Margaret by William Wordsworth
Page 50 ­ Sonnet 130
Page 51 ­ My Last Duchess
Page 52 ­ Laboratory
Havisham
Brief description of poem: This poem is a monologue spoken by
Miss Havisham, a character in Charles's Dickens Great expectations.
Having been abandoned at the Alter, she is sour and continues to

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Language:
o "Beloved sweet heart Bastard" is an oxymoron suggesting the
characters conflicting emotions. She loves him yet she hates
him for what he did to her.
o The use of colourful language helps to create strong imagery
for the reader. The metaphor "green pebbles for eyes" portrays
her bitterness and jealousy towards her liberated fiancé. Her
dress is described as yellowing and the phrase "Puce curses"
refers to an unpleasant purple/Brown colour.…read more

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This is a romantic poem about the Love shared between Shakespeare
and his Wife, Anne Hathaway. The poem starts with a quote from
Shakespeare's will "Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed"
This is meant to be a romantic gesture as guests always slept in the
best bed while Shakespeare and his wife slept in the best bed. This is
also an indication of the poem's nature.
Language
o There is an extended metaphor of the idea "Love is a language".…read more

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Brief Description of the poem: Education for Leisure is a dramatic
monologue of a disturbed male or female perhaps in their early 20s. It
describes their emotions and behaviours and explores the reasons
behind them. It is a controversial poem starting with the line "Today I
am going to kill something"
Language/Meanings of the Poem
o The poem starts "today I am going to kill something. Anything"
This could be an indication that the poet it depressed, is bored,
or simply wants attention.…read more

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Steeling
Brief description of the poem: This dramatic monologue
provides us with an insightful look into the mind of a kleptomaniac ­
someone who compulsively steels things for the sake of it. It is based
on a true story of someone steeling a snowman. The phrase "better off
dead than giving in" suggests Duffy empathizes with the speaker's
compulsion to steel. The poem as a mysterious voice, their sex is
ambiguous.…read more

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Mother any distance...
Brief description of the poem: This poem is taken from the book of
matchsticks where no poem should take longer to read than a match
does to burn. It is a touching poem about the relationship between a
mother and her child and the transition the relationship goes
through as it's time to move out and become independent from out
parents. It is a poem relatable to a lot of people. This seems like a
personal poem and may be autobiographical.…read more

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Homecoming
Brief description of the poem: This is one of Simon Armitage's
more personal poems and written as if he is talking to a close friend.
The poem is about the trust between parent and child. Simon
Armitage is talking in present about the damage done to someone's
trust in the past
Language
o The word Homecoming suggests returning home after a period
of time. In this case perhaps it was after dispute.…read more

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Kid
Brief description of Poem: This is a comical dramatic monologue
from the point of view of Robyn, Batman's best friend. Robyn reveals
secretes about Batman and admits his own jealousy. This is a poem
for anyone who has been overshadowed by a more dominant
character and wishes to break free and be their own person.
Language
o Throughout the poem the end of every verse ends with a
rhyming "ER" word.…read more

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Those Bastards in their mansions
Brief description of the poem: This is another poem from the book
of matches. This is a character with a "Robin Hood" inspired motto
that is stealing from the rich and give to the poor. It's about the
inequalities we face in society, how some people can be very rich
while other's poor.…read more

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