Carol Ann Duffy - Havisham

Notes from my GCSE revision cards on this poem.

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Content

  • Based on a character called Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations.
  • She hates all men.
  • She was jilted at the alter by her scheming fiance.
  • She has remained in her wedding dress ever since.
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Style

  • Monologue
  • Creates a voice
  • Oxymorons
  • Use of colour
  • Unrhymed
  • Caesuras
  • Enjambements
  • Animal passion
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Quotes

  • L1 - 'Beloved sweetheart *******'
  • L2 - 'wished him dead'
  • L6 - 'cawing Nooooo'
  • L8 - 'full-length, her, myself'
  • L9 - 'puce curses'
  • L12-13 - 'Love's / hate'
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Setting and themes

Setting - Wedding breakfast - bedroom.

Themes - Love, violence, voice, colour, monologue

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Links

  • Love - Anne Hathaway, Before you were mine, Mother, Homecoming, On my first sonne, My last duchess, Sonnet 130.
  • Violence - Education for leisure, Hitcher, My last duchess, The laboratory.
  • Voice - Anne Hathaway, Kid, My last duchess, The laboratory.
  • Colour - Homecoming, Sonnet 130, The laboratory.
  • Monologue - Education for leisure, Kid, Hitcher, My last duchess, The laboratory.
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