It responds to Charles Dickens' character Miss Havisham from his novel Great Expectationslooking at Havisham's mental and physical state many decades after being left standing at the altar, when the bride-to-be is in her old age. Duffy's use of language is very powerful and passionate. Throughout the poem oxymorons and juxtaposition such as "Beloved sweetheart bastard" and "Love's hate" portrays the ambivalence and restless uncertainty of the character, while a sexual fantasy reveals both the unrequited love and the passion that remains within Havisham following the wedding, a devastation from which her heart has never recovered. It is featured alongside works by Duffy, and three other contemporary writers:
Much of literature through the ages and even today is patriarchal, presenting the world from a male perspective. These poems were intended by Carol Ann Duffy to rectify that, to highlight the fact that women have long been ignored or silenced.
The poems in the collection are witty, satirical, playful and complex. Circe here speaks in the guise of a modern cookery demonstrator, as well as in the voice of a tragic mythological abandoned woman. To understand the poem it is important to know the ancient mythical story.
Circe was the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and of Perseis. She lived on the island of Aeaea. Odysseus sailed there on his way home from the Trojan wars. He sent his men to explore the island and they found a palace located in a forested valley. All but Eurolychus entered and were welcomed by Circe who invited them to a banquet.
The men stayed and were happy to accept the hospitality and consort with the women. But then, observed by Eurolychus, Circe used a magic wand to turn the men into animals such as pigs, lions and dogs according to their personality traits.
They were then put into stables. Eurolychus fled and Odysseus, when told what had happened, decided to hunt Circe down. Before he could do this Hermes, the messenger god, appeared and told him to put a magic plant into any drink Circe might give him and this would protect him from danger.
Also, when Odysseus drew his sword, Circe would free his friends from her spell. When events transpired as Hermes predicted, the threat of death persuaded Circe to change the sailors back to their original form.
Odysseus spent at least a month with Circe and he fathered a son, Lelegonus. The Odyssey tells the story from the point of view of a duped man escaping danger.
Carol Ann Duffy presents it from the perspective of a woman whose hospitality was abused, whose body was used for sex and to procreate a child, and then abandoned.
Structure The poem comprises four stanzas of eleven, nine, nine and eight lines respectively. It is in free-verse, with no regular metre, rhyme scheme or line-length.
The sentence length varies to reflect the meaning Duffy wishes to convey. Language and Imagery The voice is that of Circe, bold and contemptuous. It is also that of a modern cookery demonstrator, ironically instructing her female audience how to serve men — as meals comprising themselves offered to themselves.
The tone is contemptuous of philandering men. Circe is a woman whose hospitality has been used, abused and then she was abandoned. That is the point of free verse. What you can do, though, is analyse line by line the techniques used.
So, look at the annotations and they will tell you when she has used metaphor, alliteration, internal rhyme, enjambment etc. Sunday afternoons are homework time, so message me if you want.Carol Ann Duffy (b. ) is the current UK Poet Laureate, but she has been a major voice in contemporary British poetry for over thirty years, since her first collection, Standing Female Nude, was published in And, as seems to be the rule for Poets Laureate, her best work consists of her non-Laureate poems.
Carol Ann Duffy took the stage to begin the second half, reading her poem ‘Foreign’, from her collection Selling Manhattan (Anvil). Written while Thatcher was in parliament, Duffy’s poem places the reader into the shoes of an immigrant, asking them to imagine living .
"Havisham" is a poem written in by Carol Ann Duffy. It responds to Charles Dickens' character Miss Havisham from his novel Great Expectations, looking at Havisham's mental and physical state many decades after being left standing at the altar, when the bride-to-be is in her old age.
It expresses Havisham's anger at her fiancé and her bitter rage over wedding-day trauma and jilted. Travel blogger poses in front of moving train to get the perfect shot and people are confused and concerned.
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