A detailed analysis of Quickdraw. Good Luck! :)

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Quickdraw Point Example Effect
Regular 4 line stanzas- Stanzas 2 Stanzas 2 and 3 have an irregular shape compared with the other stanzas. They appear to form the shape of a gun, created by the placing of `you've wounded
and 3 are irregular in shape.
me.' And `through the heart'. The indentation of `you've wounded me' reflects the shot sinking in and the punctuation at the end of the line emphasizes the
shock the speaker feels at what they have just said.
Caesura (and enjambment) `alone', `concealed' The speaker's isolation is accentuate through the use of enjambment and caesura, causing `alone' to literally be isolated from the rest of the line as the
Violent language `trigger of my tongue',
punctuation, a full stop, creates a barrier between the word and the rest of the line. Caesura and enjambment also literally conceal the word `conceal', to
Enjambment `you chose your spot portray how well hidden the other mobile is.
Repetition then blast me'
By choosing his spot to and blasting her `through the heart' the reader is shown that the guy knows how to hurt her and can be cold and calculating. The `trigger
Country and Western language `Then blast me/
Through the heart' of my tongue' suggests the power her tongue has and how prepared she is to use hurtful words and accusations against him like a loaded gun. It also sounds
`and this' harsh and the use of consonants creates a plosive sound, imitating the sound of bullets being shot.
`Last Chance Saloon', Enjambment between stanzas and the indent of this line show the movement of the bullet, demonstrating the perfect hit of his words.
`quickdraw',' Sheriff' The repetition of `and this' has 2 contrasting meanings; firstly it could be showing the speakers final `shots' at her partner, desperate to hit him where it hurts,
much like a final shoot out. The ellipsis between the repetitions could then represent the actual shots as it creates a pause where the noise of the gun would
be placed. It could however, show the speaker returning the kisses in response to the `silver bullets' of his kisses and giving in to be with him again- a
passionate cease fire by phone.
By using western and country language, Duffy is making a humorous comment on the way in which relationships can be like a fight or show down between
cowboys. `Last Chance Saloon' suggests that this is not their first fight and the relationship is finally deteriorating and this is their last chance to repair any
damage, if they can. `quickdraw' creates imagery that suggests violence in the characters. The `Sheriff' could be a friend of the speaker as the speaker has a
mobile `concealed' in her boot while showing the `Sheriff' the other mobile, suggesting she may want to hide certain messages; this may be because her friend
disapproves of the partner and so the speaker feels she has to keep certain information hidden from her friend.
Emotional pain=physical pain `you've wounded me', The speaker describes her injuries from the words of her partner as physical as a metaphor for the emotional wounds she feels for example `blast me through
Wild West stand off and film `through the heart'
the heart'. This obviously does not literally mean he has shot her through the heart, but rather he has emotionally hurt her, and breaks her heart, or the love
references `slung', `quickdraw', between them.
Extended metaphor `high noon' `calamity'
The Wild West stand-off symbolises the fights in relationships and how intense they can get. The word `slung' suggests the phone is easy to grab and use much
`your voice a pellet'
`like guns, slung like a gun in a showdown as they have to pull it first in order to shoot the other person before they themselves get shot. By making the phone easy to grab, it
from the pockets on allows the speaker to respond and attack her partner at any time, ready and prepared. `High noon' implies the make or break part of the relationship, but also
my hips `, `I twirl the has connotations of the film `High Noon', where a lone sheriff walks into the centre of town steeling himself for a showdown which is also supported by the quote,
phone' `I'm all alone'. The breakdown of his affair would have terrible repercussions for the speaker, but `calamity' also suggests the Wild West heroine Calamity Jane,
who, in the film of the same name, had a romance with the gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok.
The Wild West theme throughout is an extended metaphor for the fight between the speaker and her partner. It compares the situation in an exaggerated way
to the Wild West, making `Quickdraw' a conceit that relies on the extended metaphor of a shoot-out for its effectiveness. The phones as describes as `like guns'
through the way they are `slung in the pockets' like you would expect cowboys to have their guns positioned, and the speaker's partner's `voice a pellet' which
shows how his words wound her. I twirl a phone' gives an image of a gunslinger spinning his pistol, ready to fire his next shot, showing she is ready to with
another insult or accusation against him to hurt him.
The poet has purposely used imagery from the historic western film genre to clash with contemporary references to mobile phones and text messages, drawing
the idea that relationships have long been this way. Whatever lovers choose as `weapons', the relationships remain the same.
Internal `phone', `tone' , The words `alone', `groan', `tone' and `phone' create a storytelling feeling and are contained within the first 6 lines, while only `groan' and `phone' are line end
Half rhyme `groan' , `alone'
Jerky rhythm caused by caesura `Mark', `heart' `Mark' has the same internal assonance as `heart' which creates a sense of a perfect hit by her partner, showing her knows how and where to hurt her and her
Free verse `You ring, Quickdraw,
your voice a pellet/ in
my ear' `You text The jerky rhythm caused by the frequent caesura; `you ring, Quickdraw, your voice a pellet/ in my ear'. Here the commas insist on pauses to give the effect of
them both at once. I the phone being hastily grabbed from a hip pocket. The short sentences 'You text them both at once. I reel' produces a staccato effect to illustrate total panic as
reel.' the phones shrill together. The Jerky rhythm also symbolizes the `shots' fired by the speaker and partner at one another as the pauses imitate the jerkiness of
a gun once it has fired as it jerks backwards by the momentum of the pellet. It also imitates the structure of an argument or a `lover's tiff' as no argument has a
constant rhythm as people always interject their views and insults.

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As there is no rhyme scheme or regular rhythm, the poem is written largely in free verse.
Struggle for power Neither the speaker or the partner admit they were wrong throughout the poem, determined to believe that they are the one who is right and the other is
Violent and destructive
wrong; they continually argue and respond back and forth with spiteful and harsh words which are described as `pellets'
Disintegration of relationship.…read more


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