Rapture notes for edexcel

These will hopefully help you for the exam :) to be compared to Captain corellis and Great gatsby. Took me forever

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(figurative language talks about imagery, personification , synecdoche and motifs, whereas
prosodic devices talk about sibilance, alliteration , consonance and assonance and rhyme
talks about rhyme scheme and pattern in metre and syllables and anaphora and refrain
whereas rhythmic devices are enlisting, enjambment, rpetition of `ing' )
Subject matter of collection
Deals with temporal aspect of love, shows how relationship began to its eventual
demise in `over'
Refusal to simplify the contradictions and transformations of love ­ infatuation,
longing, passion, commitment, rancour, separation and grief.
combination of the mundane with lyrical descriptions of nature
euphoric beginnings to bleak end where `garden's sudden scent's an open grave' ­
speaker endures `death of love'
Regular structures reflect inescapable temporal progression of time
Extended metaphor and metaphysical poet's use of conceit to convey dangerous
dimension of committing long term
Poems to study are (You, hour, Rain, Rapture, Cuba, The Lovers, Fall, Ithaca, Over).
Uninvited, the thought of you stayed too late in my head,
so I went to bed, dreaming you hard, hard, woke with your name,
like tears, soft, salt, on my lips, the sound of its bright syllables
like a charm, like a spell.
Falling in love
is glamorous hell; the crouched, parched heart
like a tiger ready to kill; a flame's fierce licks under the skin.
Into my life, larger than life, beautiful, you strolled in.
I hid in my ordinary days, in the long grass of routine,
in my camouflage rooms. You sprawled in my gaze,
staring back from anyone's face, from the shape of a cloud,
from the pining, earth-struck moon which gapes at me
as I open the bedroom door. The curtains stir. There you are
on the bed, like a gift, like a touchable dream.

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Subject matter:
Thunderbolt surprise of falling in love, dismantles all that we may have felt
comfortable and secure. Reveals our compromises, our tired acceptance of routine
and regularity
Dysfunctional Relationships
Rhyme/rhythm: Irregular rhyming scheme ("skin", "in" and half rhyme of "routine",
for example), and internal half rhymes ("gaze" and "face") and internal full rhymes
("shapes" and "gapes") ­ creating a sense of the confusion between internal and
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Like a charm, like a spell'
`crouched, parched heart'
`a flames's fierce licks under the skin'
Temporality of relationships- none
Passionate love/ idealised love
Rhapsodic terror of love shown, as we are peeling away at our own intimacies and
seeing that which we have hidden away from.
Also, shows the way love surprises us through dream. Dreams linked to sexual
desire. Repetition of `hard' reminds of release of orgasm and its ungovernable fire.…read more

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We find an hour together, spend it not on flower
or wine, but the whole of the summer sky and a grass ditch.
For thousands of seconds we kiss; your hair
like treasure on the ground; the Midas light
turning your limbs to gold.…read more

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Bathos suggesting love not as exalted,
`We find an hour together, spend it not on flowers
or wine, but the whole of the summer sky and a grass ditch.' Sardonic effect.
Allusion to fairytale and myth
`The Midas light' ­ cursed
Friendship/ loyalty vs. love
Miller's daughter loses wealth (necklace and ring) to gain wealth (queen) suggests
material things not present in relationship.
Imagery of nature.
Unequal/ unrequited love
`turning your limbs to gold.…read more

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Carol Ann Duffy
Not so hot as this for a hundred years.
You were where I was going. I was in tears.
I surrendered my heart to the judgement of my peers.
A century's heat in the garden, fierce as love.
You returned on the day I had to leave.
I mimed the full, rich, busy life I had to live.
Hotter than hell.…read more

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Duffy uses warm imagery such as 'orange', 'rose' and 'sun', perhaps implying that all
love is natural, regardless of gender, or whether or not they are married.
Friendship/ loyalty vs. love
18 lines, tercets, dramatic monologue, monologue highlights how narrator is aware
of the relativity and arbitrariness of a single way of life. Suggests need for friendship
and companionship.…read more

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Thought of by you all day, I think of you.
The birds sing in the shelter of a tree.
Above the prayer of rain, unacred blue,
not paradise, goes nowhere endlessly.
How does it happen that our lives can drift
far from our selves, while we stay trapped in time,
queuing for death? It seems nothing will shift
the pattern of our days, alter the rhyme
we make with loss to assonance with bliss.…read more

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Imagery of freedom, juxtaposed to spatio-temporal lock imposed by absence of
stanzas and end stopping suggests narrator's paroxysm.
Chiasmus, ` Thought of by you all day, I think of you.' Inverted parallelism suggests
self becomes distorted and unclear when merged with the `other'. Distorted psyche.
Lacan realised unconscious receives messages in inverted form, reversal and
inversion are principles deeply inscribed in human nature. Suggests relationship is
natural and intense.
Friendship/ loyalty vs.…read more

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No lifting the red rose
from the room service tray when you leave,
as though you might walk to the lip of a grave
and toss it down. No glass of champagne, left
to go flat in the glow of a bedside lamp,
the frantic bubbles swimming for the light. No white towel,
strewn, like a shroud, on the bathroom floor.
no brief steam on the mirror there for a finger
to smudge in a heart, an arrow, a name.…read more


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