Queen Herod


Queen Herod- Context

Herod was a king of Judea who (according to the New Testament) tried to kill Jesus by ordering the death of all children under age two in Bethlehem (73-4 BC)

Gender Inverted Version of King Herod 

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Queen Herod- Language Devices

  • “Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk. The Boy next door. The paramour. The Je t’adore. The Marrying Kind. Adulterer. Bigamist. The wolf. The Rip. The rake. The rat. The heartbreaker. The ladykiller. Mr Right" - Use of Lists suggests The male newborn is given all the attributes one has come to expect of Duffy; some sarcastic like ‘Hero’ and ‘Hunk’; others animalistic like ‘Wolf’ and ‘Rat’; and others suggest sly deceptiveness, like ‘Ladykiller’ and ‘Paramour’. In this context even, the positive nouns are suspect.
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Queen Herod - Structural Devices

 The structure changes to three triplets or tercets, and the pace slows to indicate a reflective atmosphere. To say ‘we do our best’ and indicate that this aspiration goes down the generations, is, of course, grotesque understatement.

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