GCSE English Literature Poetry (3)

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Before You Were Mine

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  • Poem is written as if Duffy is peaking to her own mother.
  • Moves freely between the present and different times in the past, which is frequently referred to in the present tense.
  • It is also about how the duty of becoming a mother changed life for women, particularly for Catholics in Edinburgh in the 1950s, where women were expected to stay at home and look after their children.
  • We get the impression Duffy is very fond of her mother.
  • Language
  • "Your polka dot dress blows around your legs. Marilyn." - gives the reader images of the iconic representation of Marilyn Monroe standing on…


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