Can Carol Ann Duffy’s “Little Red Cap” Be Classified as a Fairy Tale?

Most of us have a clear perception of what fairy tales are, or what we assume them to be. Over the past century, these tales have been burdened with so many clichés, such as evil queens’ curses and damsels-in-distress, that we tend to identify them based on the presence of such clichés. The fairy tale … Read moreCan Carol Ann Duffy’s “Little Red Cap” Be Classified as a Fairy Tale?

The Presentation of Suffering in “Remains” and “War Photographer”

Within Remains, Simon Armitage, who is widely known for focusing on physiological health and for creating a documentary of young soldier in the height of the conflict occurring in Afghanistan, presents the theme of suffering through the personal view of a young, regimented soldier, by sharing a scene which had clearly left a pit of … Read moreThe Presentation of Suffering in “Remains” and “War Photographer”

“After I no longer speak”; A Message on the Impact of the Holocaust in “Shooting Stars”

Humans inflict suffering on other humans and when events are forgotten, they are repeated. In the poem “Shooting Stars,” Carol Ann Duffy tells a shocking story of a female prisoner held by Nazis in a concentration camp around the time of the Holocaust. This is a poem in which human suffering is being actively portrayed. … Read more“After I no longer speak”; A Message on the Impact of the Holocaust in “Shooting Stars”

Looking at Something in a Fresh and Surprising Way: “Ode on a Grayson Urn” and “The Map Woman”

Tim Turnbull’s “Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn” celebrates Grayson Perry – a ceramic artist who stealthily comments on societal injustices and hypocrisies through his art. It, instead of criticizing, glorifies the lives of the group of young individuals in imitation of Perry, who is known for addressing and elevating disturbing ideas through beautiful means. … Read moreLooking at Something in a Fresh and Surprising Way: “Ode on a Grayson Urn” and “The Map Woman”

Analyse how meaning is presented in Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Bees’

Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Bees’- through the extended metaphor of a swarm of bees used to represent the process of writing a poem- focuses on the capacity of words to excite and invigorate the reader and author alike. Indeed, poetry is presented as having an intrinsic richness throughout the poem that the speaker believes should be … Read moreAnalyse how meaning is presented in Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Bees’

Prestige in ‘The Crown’

In ‘The Crown’, Carol Ann Duffy explores the prestige and catalogue of duties entailed by queenship through an extended description of a crown. Whilst it cannot be denied that monarchy in the poem is presented as deserving of both awe and respect, the poet’s presentation of the theme is not entirely celebratory as she reveals … Read morePrestige in ‘The Crown’

Havisham – The Theme of Conflict

Carol Ann Duffy’s sinister dramatic monologue, Havisham, is a skillful interpretation of one of literature’s most infamous women. Throughout the text, Duffy deals with the idea of conflict – both in Havisham’s relationship with men and with herself as we are invited to witness the inner turmoil from which she suffers. Herein, this essay will … Read moreHavisham – The Theme of Conflict

“In Mrs Tilscher’s Class”: Self-Discovery and Versatile Poetic Technique

Carol Ann Duffy’s poem “In Mrs Tilscher’s Class” expresses the poetic speaker’s love for literature in the context of an intriguing personal narrative. Such a passion came from her primary school teacher as Duffy’s protagonist grows into adulthood — from a dramatised experience in her classroom to an exposure of the outside world as she … Read more“In Mrs Tilscher’s Class”: Self-Discovery and Versatile Poetic Technique

Admiration in Carol Anne Duffy’s ‘ Before you were mine’ and Seamus Heaney’s ‘Follower’

Both ‘Before you were mine’ by Carol Anne Duffy and ‘Follower’ by Seamus Heaney present the theme of admiration through their poems. As they both capture the parent-child relationship through the child’s perspective showcasing how they each viewed their parent as a role model whilst growing up. Both poems express the admiration they have for … Read moreAdmiration in Carol Anne Duffy’s ‘ Before you were mine’ and Seamus Heaney’s ‘Follower’