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The Manhunt
Journey from physical closeness to emotional. Inverted to the normal steps in the relationship. Poem about the effects of war on a person afterwards.
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Hour
This is Duffy's tribute to Sonnet 116 but contradicts "Love's not time's fall" in first line. On surface romantic poem but there is lurking darkness. Ambiguities result in images being both positive and negative.
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In Paris with You
'You' is never discussed as an individual with personality traits suggesting poetic voice is self-centred. This person could be on rebound after break up. Juxtapose romance of Paris with sleazy hotel room.
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Quickdraw
Premise of poem is that people are in love/hate relationship with constant struggle for power & throughout poet links this conflict to imagery in Westerns.
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Ghazal
Poem could be about romantic love aimed to express love for other. Could be expression of love for and relationship with God.
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Brothers
Based on 3 brothers and relationship as they grow up. Title suggest a positive poem because positive connotations of brothers but actually regretful poem, incident believed to be catalyst for distant relationship. Direct address to younger brother
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Praise Song for My Mother
Occasional piece for mother, universal appeal. Recognition of all things mother was to her and covers different aspects of life showing big part mother had.
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Harmonium
About father/son relationship based on real life experience but has universal appeal. Harmonium metaphor for father.
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Sonnet 116
Defining what love is. Could be about homosexual so defending validity of forbidden love at time.
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Sonnet 43
Defining love for her husband. Close link to religion.
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To His Coy Mistress
Structured poem as an persuasion on why this 'coy mistress' should have sex with him. 1st - how love if had time, 2nd - no time, 3rd - live in moment & sex
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The Farmer's Bride
Society thinks what marriage should be like and how it is restrictive for women. Could be about mental health because poet had 2 mentally ill siblings. About unhappy arranged marriage.
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Sister Maude
Written from perspective of a woman having a love affair. Trusted sister with secret but she told parents. Now hates sister and now blames her for death of lover. Focus is on betrayal of sister rather than what happened.
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Nettles
Personal content but universal appeal. Nettles are metaphors for unstoppable pain of live. Poetic voice is dad who cannot protect son from hurt.
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Born Yesterday
Occasional piece for friend's son. Takes fairytale idea of wishing good things and instead wishes for something practical and useful. Cynical take on love/hope.
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This is Duffy's tribute to Sonnet 116 but contradicts "Love's not time's fall" in first line. On surface romantic poem but there is lurking darkness. Ambiguities result in images being both positive and negative.

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'You' is never discussed as an individual with personality traits suggesting poetic voice is self-centred. This person could be on rebound after break up. Juxtapose romance of Paris with sleazy hotel room.

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Card 4

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Premise of poem is that people are in love/hate relationship with constant struggle for power & throughout poet links this conflict to imagery in Westerns.

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Card 5

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Poem could be about romantic love aimed to express love for other. Could be expression of love for and relationship with God.

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