This poem brings into limelight the emotions and sufferings of a dolphin subjected to confinement. Even though dolphins are known as the befriender of human beings in trouble at the sea, it is ironic how human beings are responsible for their misery.
So better by for me if you were stone.
Duffy's Medusa begins her monologue acknowledging that thoughts are alive. They grow, they mutate and take on shapes that reassemble outside the privacy of the mind and become externalised embodiments of feeling.
Thus we hear Medusa charting the progress of her destructive reflections. There is a bitter irony around the qualification 'as though' for her thoughts have become snakes crawling all over her head and such companions render her estranged from any companionship at all.
She has become the embodiment of the phallic, abject woman.
It is striking that Medusa herself finds her appearance replusive and this self loathing invites pathos and offers an interiority and power to her perspective. The intimacy of the word 'scalp' reveals the proximity of Medusa to that which she too finds disgusting, she has been violated by a supernatural punishment for her sexual passion and the reader may find the connotations of this word too near for comfort?
Like Havisham in Duffy's earlier collection Mean Time, the aridity of Medusa's relationships exile her from the risk of the new, and inflict a ruinous effect upon her physicality. Her previous beauty degenerates into rank repulsiveness and her very voice becomes a source of disgust.
How can she speak to anyone any more when her very breath is foul? Her rejection has become pathologised. She has become so defensive that there can be no possibility of any further intimacy-ever. The only emotion Medusa now expects to engender is literal petrification.
She is monstruous even unto her own self and knows that her 'perfect man' will either turn to stone himself as he gazes upon her form or she will herself suffer the indignity of being ignored.
Cleverly Carol Ann Duffy uses the famous predicament of Medusa to explore an emotional dichotomy. If we look too long and too closely at our beloved do we inevitably find ourselves 'lost' in the stony coldness of disappointment and betrayal? The gaze of the lover upon the beloved in the story of Medusa leads to literal and metaphorical petrification and unsurprisingly is suggestive of male fears around castration.
If we look 'away' then we preserve our autonomy, but fail in our desire for connection and intimacy. So should we, like the resourceful Perseus protect ourselves through a form of detachment, and carry a mirror to look at our beloved through thus maintaining a 'healthy' distance?!“Little Red Cap” is the opening poem of Carol Ann Duffy’s collection “The World’s Wife”.
Each of the thirty poems in this book takes as its theme a character from history, mythology or popular culture and gives it a feminist treatment, usually by telling the untold story of . Carol Ann Duffy - Poem Order & Themes Little Red Cap: Acts as an introduction to the collection and expresses the journey of a young girl, distorting the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood, with a very possible autobiographical account of Duffy's own introduction into the world of love, sex and literature.
Carol Ann Duffy On December 23, , Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Mary Black and Frank Duffy, both of Irish Catholic descent. Together with her four younger brothers, she was raised in Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England where her .
Carol Anny Duffy’s poem titled “A Healthy Meal” is a political work in a number of senses. Most obviously, the poem is a clear satire on the habit of eating meat – an issue which is.
A close analysis of Carol Ann Duffy's Mrs Lazarus, considering poetic techniques, form, and genre.
Preview 1 out of 3 pages share via Facebook Twitter Report abuse. In the poem Medusa by Carol Ann Duffy, who is the 1st female poet Laurate, destructive power of jealousy is described from Medusa’s point of view.
Duffy also explores the physical effects of emotional distress when her suspicion, doubt and fear transform into a filthy snakes.