Les Grands Seigneurs Notes

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Les grands seigneurs [Dorothy Molloy]
Structure and form
Dramatic Volta (turn around) in the final stanza
Uses black humour to undermine the meaning of the previous stanzas
Most of the terms suggest smallness e.g. "fluff", "toy", "plaything" (getting smaller)
Indicates that's her power as "queen" has been diminished by marriage
"I sat enthroned before them ­ "; emphasises imaginary power
Parenthesis (brackets)
"(Yes, overnight)"
Halts reading and highlights shock
Carries a sense of disbelief
Lengths of lines
First two stanza's are long and detailed, enthusiastically listing all the men she "played"
Last stanza has six syllables. Her life has been halted "overnight".
Indicates change in her life and loss of power.
Hyperbolic Language
Used when describing the men e.g. "Buttresses", "castellated towers"
Deflates in the last stanza b/c of black humour
Suggests that narrator is dependant on men e.g. "ballast"
Some metaphors have a subtle air of ridiculousness, subverting (going against) the romantic ideal
e.g. "hurdy gurdy monkey men"
Role reversal
Her own imagery of "play" is used against her by "toy" demeaning
Become her husband's "plaything" is dominated by his "click" of a finger
Personal pronouns
"My" is possessive
Highlights sense of power
Repetition of "my" intensifies sense of control and ownership
"P" in "promenade" + "prancing"
Gives an impression of confidence and youthful swaggering to show off
Straightforward language
"Wedded bedded"; abandons rich imagery that is present in the rest of the poem
Makes the process of marriage seem hasty and coarse when compared to previous romance and
"Clicked"; the action can almost be heard

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The reader has been in a trance before this
"Call somebody's bluff" shows that the husband knows he has been deceived.
He challenges the narrator by "calling his bluff" and he is claiming his prize who is no longer "out of reach".
Semantic fields (grouping together)
Fairytale imagery exemplifies extravagant imagination e.g.…read more


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