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Rapture
(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…

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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")…

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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…

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bright as a dropped coin, makes love rich.
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…

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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




Homosexual
Friendship/ loyalty vs. love
Miller's daughter loses wealth…

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Rain
Rain
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…

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Homosexual
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…

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Rapture
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…

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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…

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and getting dressed, like a work of art
rubbing itself out. 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…

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