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

The exam has been taken now but hopefully this will be useful next year.

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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 ­…

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wear her white wedding dress while plotting sinister revenges on
men.

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…

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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…

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Brief description of the poem: The poem is written as if Duffy
is speaking to her own mother. , it moves very freely between the
present and different times in the past, which is frequently referred
to in the present tense. It is about how the duty of becoming a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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