English Literature: Carol Ann Duffy Liar

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What is the message of the poem?
Everyone lives differently, can't judge people because everyone has secrets and fantasies
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Talk about the title 'Liar'
Lying to themselves, not just the man/women, the psychiatrist and judge too. Judgement made before you read.
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"She made things up: for example, that she was really a man."
STarts off with something ordinary, then gets more striking, juxtaposition. 'A man' on its own line to gain attention and emphasis. Blunt tone.
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"Her cotton floral day-frock...heavy herringbone from Oxfam"
Juxtaposition - feminine and masculine.
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"He was called Susan actually"
Juxtaposition, he and Susan in the same sentence.
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"She lived like you do"
Lives like you, normal on outside, different inside, we don't understand
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"A dozen slack rope-ends in each dream hand, tugging uselessly on memory or hope"
Goes back to frayed rope ends - confused and can't keep hold of anything
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"I nearly drowned" (italics)
Italics replace speech marks - gives character mockery and emphasis
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"Our secret films are private affairs, watched behind the eyes. She spoke in subtitles. Not on."
We all have secrets. The difference is he/she has been found, more are in the head. Two lives off the people - she's living a life, subtitles turned off, people don't understand.
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"The ambulance whined all the way"
Personification - suggests a child shock/disturbs
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Card 2

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Talk about the title 'Liar'

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Lying to themselves, not just the man/women, the psychiatrist and judge too. Judgement made before you read.

Card 3

Front

"She made things up: for example, that she was really a man."

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

"Her cotton floral day-frock...heavy herringbone from Oxfam"

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

"He was called Susan actually"

Back

Preview of the front of card 5
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