MRS. MIDAS. (FROM THE WORLDS WIFE). CAROL ANN DUFFY.
A technique that Duffy uses is Revisionism in her poetry. The story is re-written and certain features are changed and modernised.
The reason that she does this is so that she is able to give power to the female/feminine voice. Characters are altered to convey a different message on the meaning of the poem.
Duffy has done this to give assertainty to the power of the female voice. She is a feminist. Duffy writes from the female point of view.
The structure of the poem - eleven stanzas and 6 lines in each stanza. Also called eleven sestets. Each sestet is almost like another scene.
There is also dramatic monologue used which is really important. Duffy assumes a persona which is not her own voice specifically - but Duffy becomes a character (Mrs. Midas) and speaks to an unknown audience, like a conersation.
The dramatic monologue is favoured by Duffy because it creates intimacy between the speaker and the audience.
This poem comes from a series of poems called The World's Wife.
Duffy uses the character Mrs. Midas as a vehicle for her feminist viewpoint.