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English Literature Poems

Havisham Carol Ann Duffy

Brief description of poem
This poem is a monologue spoken by Miss Havisham, a character in Charles's Dickens
Great expectations. Having been abandoned at the Alter, she is sour and continues to
wear her white wedding dress while plotting sinister revenges on men…

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The last Duchess

Anne Hathaway Carol Ann Duffy

Brief description of the poem:
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…

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Before You Were Mine Carol Ann Duffy


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…

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Trust
Generosity
Happiness


Stealing Carol Ann Duffy

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.…

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Incoherence
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The laboratory
The last duchess



Mother Any Distance Simon Armitage

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…

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Domestic role

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Before you were mine,
the affliction of Margaret,
On my first sonne



Homecoming Simon Armitage

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…

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Themes
Relationships
Trust
Family
Arguments

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Before you were mine,
The Affliction of Margaret
Hitcher Simon Armitage
Brief description of the Poem:

Hitcher is a dramatic monologue in first person about a mine who leisurely commits
murder. It tells the story of a hitcher being picked up,…

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Themes
Death
Sympathy
Illness
Jealousy

Poems to comare with:
Stealing,
My last Duchess,
The laboratory.
On my First Sonne Ben Jonson Pre1914

Brief description of the poem:

This poem was written in the Jacobean period of 1616. At this time it would have been common
for young children to die…

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Mother any distance
before you were mine
the affliction of Margaret






My Last Duchess Robert Browning Pre1914

Brief description of the Poem:
This poem is about an egotistical Duke in 19th Century Italy who is not ashamed to admit
that he did away with his last…

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Talks about her infidelity

Themes
Trust
Relationships
Family
Death
Love
Sympathy

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The laboratory
Hitcher
Structure



The Laboratory Robert Browning pre 1914

Structure
anapestic rhyme scheme, ironic, usually for poems with a jaunty subject matter. Gives
the poem an upbeat pace
enjambment usedreflects speaker's enthusiasm to finish…

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