<br /> Anne Hathaway<br /> Education for Leisure<br /> Havisham<br /> Mrs Midas<br /> Originally<br /> Shooting Stars<br /> Stealing<br /> The Way My Mother Speaks<br /> Valentine<br /> War Photographer<br /> <br /> There are also sample responses to 10 mark critical reading exam questions on Duffy's poetry.
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Close analysis of havisham.
The poem ‘Havisham’ is a dramatic monologue based on the character from the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. She has been left at the altar but still remains in her wedding dress and hates men because of the act. She talks about her feelings for the man who left her and how it affects her now.
In the poem ‘Havisham’ there is no distinctive rhyme scheme. However there is a small amount of slant rhyme, in line 9 the two words “Puce” and “Curses” sound similar but do not rhyme. Some internal rhyme is used as the poem moves towards its ending “awake”, “hate”, “face”, “cake”, “breaks”. This highlights Havisham chaotic mind-set and leads us to believe she is mad, as her head struggles to make sense of what is happening in her life.
The poem is titled just “Havisham” without a Miss. This lowers Miss Havisham’s social status, making her unimportant and unworthy. It also draws attention to the fact that Havisham is her maiden name. She hasn’t taken on her husband’s name because she never actually married him. It’s a constant reminder of her sad, sad life. The repetition of the word ‘I’ implies that Miss Havisham is self-centred, however in the second stanza Miss Havisham refers to herself as “her” and then “myself” immediately after, which creates the impression that actually she does not her own identity and is unsure where she stands in society, she is also calls herself a “Spinster” which in Victorian times was a derogatory term for an unmarried women, so is frowned upon in society. Miss Havisham perhaps takes on Carol Anne Duffy’s own voice as Miss Duffy herself is in a lesbian relationship perhaps also does not quite know where she stands in society either.
From the outset the poem the structure of the poem looks simple. Four stanzas each with four lines long that are all similar length which implies that the speaker is in control of her words. However once we start to read the poem we see that all is not well. The poem is full of enjambment “Beloved sweetheart bastard. Not a day since then” as well as “ Miss Havisham keeps stopping and starting her speech, making her sound as if she’s not quite in control of her words again highlighting the inner madness boiling up inside of Miss Havisham.
The sound of the enjambment makes the poem seem unnatural. The last line has a long stuttering breaks “b-b-b-breaks” it sounds like the words are being forced out of Havisham’s mouth which again creates the impression that Havisham is not in control of her mind. The alliteration of the harsh B sounds in line 1 “beloved” and “bastard” and again in line 13 and 14 “balloon bursting” and “Bang.” These similar sounds make it seem as if she’s repeating sounds that she can’t quite get out of her muddled brain. The alliteration as well as the enjambments pop up in unexpected places. It’s as if we never know what’s coming. At any moment, Miss Havisham could really lose her grip on reality, but somehow she just manages to cling on.
Throughout the poem there are large amounts of imagery of death and suffering as this explains the thoughts and feelings of Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham uses a metaphor, imagining that her eyes have become green pebbles and her veins have turned into ropes for strangling. Green is often considered the colour of jealousy and greed. The veins and ropes have a deathly meaning: these body parts are about pain and imprisonment. In Line 16 we’re told that it’s not only the heart that’s capable of breaking. “Don’t think it’s only the heart that b-b-b-breaks”. Love doesn’t just affect us emotionally; we feel it in our organs as well and with Havisham it seems her mind has also broken. More colour imagery is shown “white veil; a red balloon” the white of the veil seems to symbolise innocence that Miss Havisham once had, but the red of the balloon shows the anger inside of her that lies now. Imagery of violence is shown throughout as Miss Havisham “stabbed at a wedding cake” taking her anger out on anything that reminds her of what she could have had. The oxymoron of “sweetheart bastard” again reinforces the image of hatred towards her should be husband.
The constant themes of violence and death in the poem symbolise the madness that now resides in Miss Havisham. “Give me a male corpse” and “wished him dead” are examples of this. The poem also shows the idea that love and hate are close together – the two words are separated at the end of the third stanza and the beginning of the fourth. Havisham both desires and hates the man in the poem.
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Carol Ann Duffy's poem "Havisham" looks at the character of Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens's novel, Great Expectations. The poem explores the character's physical and mental state after several decades. It also explores the character's relationships with her family and the community.Carol Ann Duffy's poem 'Havisham' 'Havisham' is a haunting poem by Carol Ann Duffy. In this piece, she depicts the thoughts of an old spinster who is trying to make a fresh start in life. The poem is about love and hate, and the conflict that can result from either. Duffy's powerful imagery shows how an unrequited love can destroy its victims.Carol Ann Duffy is a Scottish-English poet who was the first woman and the first gay person to be a Poet Laureate in Britain. Born in Glasgow, she grew up in Staffordshire and went on to study poetry at the University of Liverpool. Her first book of poetry, 'Standing Female Nude', was published in 1985. Since then, she has written many collections of poetry, including several volumes for children. Her work has earned her a position as the Poet Laureate and has increased the visibility of poetry in the UK.Miss Havisham In the classic novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Miss Havisham is a spinster who refuses to marry and lives alone with her daughter Estella in a ruined mansion. The novel focuses on the characters' struggles to overcome personal tragedies. Despite their unrequited love, Miss Havisham refuses to accept their fate and insists on living in her wedding dress for the rest of her life.Miss Havisham has inherited money and a house from her parents, but the house is crumbling. Meanwhile, her poorer relatives are struggling to make ends meet. Nevertheless, Miss Havisham pays Pip to become an apprentice to a blacksmith, which she is unaware of.Carol Ann Duffy's character In Havisham, Carol Ann Duffy portrays a woman who has been enslaved by her past and who is struggling to survive. The author makes use of a poem written in the first person, which gives Havisham a voice and emphasizes the importance of change. The poem uses enjambment to create a cadence and emphasize important words.The title of Havisham is a bit misleading. The title, which doesn't mention the character's gender, makes the character sound more powerful. The author deliberately leaves out her first name in the title, perhaps to avoid focusing attention on her martial state.Charles Dickens' character In the novel Great Expectations, Charles Dickens introduced an older Miss Havisham to the world. This character was a jilted bride, whose ruined wedding was still haunting her. She refused to part with her wedding dress, despite the fact that it was a terrible day.This was not the only way Miss Havisham acted out her revenge. She also turned her attention to Estella. She watched her as if she were her daughter, looking at her beauty and mumbling to herself. Her tone is bitter and acidic, showing just how quickly love can turn into hate. Her brutal imagery reveals her feelings after being rejected by the person she loved.There is a possibility that Charles Dickens based Havisham on Australian woman Jane Lewson. Donnithorne was born in South Africa, but spent her childhood in Calcutta, India. Her father served as a mint master in that city. Later, she and her family relocated to Sydney, Australia. Unfortunately, Eliza Emily Donnithorne's father died in 1852.
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