English Literature: Carol Ann Duffy - Brothers

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What is the poem based on?
Duffy's actual personal memories
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What is a quatrain?
A four line stanza
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"Once I slept in a bed with four men"
These four men are her brothers
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"Who share an older face"
They've grown up, have the same face
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"There's no way in the creation of God's earth" (in italics)
The italics represent speech - give prominence, shared history - memory
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"and in my other eyes"
The eyes of her childhood
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"to an alter boy, a boy practising scales, a boy playing tennis, a baby crying"
Memories of each of them when they are young
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"I don't have photographs, but I like to repeat the names"
Suggests a possible break between Duffy and her brothers
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"I like to repeat the names. My mother chose them. I hear her life in the words"
Her brothers name reminds of her mother - she chose their names
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"My breeding words"
Metaphoric
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"The word that broke her heart"
Angry words between Duffy and her mother. Possibly a lesbian - mother doesn't accept. The word is 'dirty' as dirty as being a thief
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"Thieves and businessmen, fathers and UB40's"
Suggests single man
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"We have nothing to say, but time owns us"
Share history
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"I shall pay for a box and watch them shoulder it"
Coffin - mother's funeral - still a child of the mother
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Card 2

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What is a quatrain?

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A four line stanza

Card 3

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"Once I slept in a bed with four men"

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

"Who share an older face"

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

"There's no way in the creation of God's earth" (in italics)

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