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- Created on: 28-03-19 16:31
I, being born a woman and distressed
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1923
American liberal and pacifist - first poem published at 8
Bisexual and open about her sexuality - atypical for time
Patricia Kelmans: 'feminist philosophy'
Lust over love - atypical for literature of the time - reason vs passion (lexical set of the body)
Subverts typical structure - Petrachan sonnet - with atypical content
Social Satire - riddled with sarcasm
Ironic title - challenging stereotypes about women - hysterical woman archetype
Love and a Question
Robert Frost, 1913
Jimmy Anderson: 'Frost stands on the crossroads of 19th century American poetry and modernism'
Duty v love - moral dilemna
Wedding night - traditionally a time for the couple to be alone - for Victorian couples, often the first time without chaperones
Archaic syntax - Victorian poetry
Mental illness ran through Frost's family - father died of TB at 11
Frost himself suffered from depression
Dilemna not solved - mystery/ambiguity
Elizabeth Jennings, 1985
Part of the movement - strict structure, atypical message - typical of modernism
Couple trapped in loveless marriage by Catholic faith (Jennings herself was Catholic)
Final lines reveal the couple as her parents
Lucinda Harrington: 'a negative view of couples who have been together a long time'
Clive: 'she has ben prolific without interruption'
Title ironically suggests intimacy - cynical
Typical of sixties generation who were encouraged to marry young?
For my lover, Returning to His Wife
Anne Sexton, 1968
Mental health issues and psychotic episodes - sleeping with her married psychologist
Confessional style - brutally open and honest
Beauty and idealisation of motherhood and 'the wife' - explicit sexual imagery (atypical)
Extended metaphor for being fleeting - setting him free
Creates pathos for Sexton, despite her role as mistress
References to art at start and end - cyclic in structure
James Dickney: 'the type of poetry she wrote is confessional poetry and often controversial
Seamus Healy, 1975
Pious Catholic, mildly nationalist, rural family
Execution of young adulteress in Germany - 'bog bodies' - and Belfast Girls - 'Betraying sisters' - shorn, tarred and feathered by IRA - women who dated British soldiers
Metaphorical connection between two violent events
Cynical of both religion and 'the Troubles'
Richard Murphy: 'the finest art in presenting a coherent vision of Ireland, past and present.'
typical of modern literature
Keith Douglas, 1943
Forget me not - symbol of remberancr in Canada
During WWII, in which Douglas fought - KIA during invasion of Normandy
Extrospective - 'quite callous' - 'unsettling'
Owens: 'discomforts so profoundly'
Reflects on the nature of humanity
Dated in Tunisia, during invasion of Italy
Lots of war poetry from WWI, less from WWII (less criticism of WWII generally)
Paul Muldoon, 1998
Imagery of Jewish wedding - 'Chuppah'
Dow - financial market - sibilance - 'soars and slumps in the Dow'
Ten year anniversary with wife - reflecting on marriage
The Irish Troubles - Matsukaze (story of Japanese sisters)
Pine word play - the tree and the emotion
Envoi - typical feature of ballade - 'Princess of Accutane' - excema cream
Positive message of love and acceptance - long-term focus
After the Lunch
Wendy Cope, 2002
Waterloo Bridge - typical romantic setting
Conflict between head and heart - typical theme in modern literature
Comedic - typical of Cope
Down to earth struggle
Could be a metaphor for a moment rather than a realistic recollection
Childish and light hearted
A date? Or a funeral?