Quickdraw A* Analysis - Mr Bruff


Carol Ann Duffy Writer notes:

-Scottish poet and playwright
-Often writes about oppression, gender, and violence

Context - (The set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation etc.)

Comes from a book by the poet called rapture which are all poems based on affairs. Another poem called 'hour' from moon tides is a poem based on a positive stage of the relationship from the book. 

Quickdraw has a lot of references to high noon which is about a sheriff getting into a gun fight with a bunch of bad guys. 

Another thing to keep a note of is that in this poem there are lots of references to mobile phones which give it the modern and contemporary context and sets it apart from a lot of other poetry. 

Literal meaning and summary of the poem - 

There is a couple that is having an argument, a fierce battle through text message until they reconcile at the end of the poem. 


I wear the two, mobile and the landline phones,
like guns, slung from the pockets on my hips. I'm all
alone. You ring, quickdraw, your voice a pellet
in my ear, and hear me groan.

The narrator is waiting for their lover's call, they phone and has really upset the narrator. 

You've wounded me. 
Next time, you speak after the tone. I twirl the phone,
then squeeze the trigger of my tongue, wide of the mark.
You choose your spot, then blast me

The narrator is saying that she retaliated trying to hurt their lover but it doesn't affect them then the lover shoots back and it obliterates her emotionally. 

through the heart.
And this is love, high noon, calamity, hard liquor
in the old Last Chance saloon. I show the mobile
to the Sheriff; in


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