Duffy S Dramatic Monologues

Topics: Poetry, Comprehensive school, Education Pages: 24 (1852 words) Published: January 2, 2015
Carol Ann Duffy
&Sheenagh Pugh
LT1 exam

The alliterative 'm' in 'Magnificiant,
she murmurs , moving on' creates a
seductive slow pase tone which
constructs a dream like feeling, again
distancing herself away from her
reality.
In the third stanza Duffy brings the
two characters together revealing
the fact that they're not so different.
The metaphorical use of 'stiffens'
creates a sexual imagery along with
another sexual reference, 'he dips the
brush repeatedly' suggesting that he
is responding sexually towards her.
She suddenly takes the power away
from him by calling him a 'Little man',
undermining the power he had over
her at the start.

How does Duffy use dramatic
monologues to create characters in her
poetry?
How does Duffy use poetic form to create
distinct characters or voices?
How does Duffy create characters and
voices in her poetry?

Consider the use of the
dramatic monologue
favoured by Duffy

How do Duffy and Pugh use poetic form
to create distinct characters or voices in
their poetry? You should refer to at least
2 Duffy poems in your answer.
What writer’s
devices does
Duffy use
and what
impact do
they have?

Link to Pugh
poems

What kind of
characters are
created?
How does this fit
into her view or
society?

Dramatic Monologues
Women
• Girl Talking
• Standing Female Nude
World’s Wife
• Mrs Lazarus
• Mrs Midas
• Mrs Tiresias
• Mrs Aesop

The Outsider/Fantasist
Dear Norman
Boy
Education For Leisure

History/Culture/Society
Shooting Stars
Poet For Our Times
Making Money
The Past/Memories/Loss/Love/Change
• Descendants
• Whoever She Was
• Dream of A lost Friend
• The Way My Mother Speaks

Putting the poems into categories will help you
to think about choosing 2 different types of
dramatic monologues.
This will help you to show a FULL understanding
of the poetic techniques, styles and themes
which Duffy covers.
It will also help you to find Pugh poems to
compare with.

Dramatic Monologues
Women
• Girl Talking
• Standing Female Nude
World’s Wife
• Mrs Lazarus
• Mrs Midas
• Mrs Tiresias
• Mrs Aesop

The Outsider/Fantasist
Dear Norman
Boy
Education For Leisure

History/Culture/Society
Shooting Stars
Poet For Our Times
Making Money
The Past/Memories/Loss/Love/Change
• Descendants
• Whoever She Was
• Dream of A lost Friend
Standing Female
• The Way My Mother Speaks
Nude
Poet For Our Times

Topic Points Standing Female Nude
Duffy uses the DM to
bring characters
vividly to life
Dramatic
Monologue
from the
perspective of
an artist’s
Elliptical
model
phrases to
suggest a
conversational
vernacular
‘maybe’.
Helps the
voices to feel
authentic of
Juxtaposition
power and status
He ‘possesses’ her
‘Bougeoise’ and
‘river-whore’

1. Woman who is
normally
objectified is
allowed a voice to
speak and give her
side of the story.
2. Comments made
about the
‘ordinary’ or ‘the
outsider.’ In this
instance a poor
river whore as
opposed to the
upper classes.
3. Conversational
devices are used
by Duffy to make
her voices sound
authentic and real.

First person –
direct address to
the reader. Helps
us identify with
character.
Coarse colloquial
language to
create a sense of
a real ‘riverwhore’
Listing of body
parts ‘belly nipple
arse’ contrasts
with being
‘represented
analytically’
Use of humour
and bathos ‘does
not look like me’

By using the form of the dramatic monologue Duffy is able to give voices to more marginalised characters. In STFN the
woman who is normally objectified; the artist’s model is
allowed a voice to speak and give her side of the story. By
doing this Duffy lets the ‘representation’ come to life. Although Duffy herself comments that she has ‘never sat
down to write a feminist poem’ this enables women who are
often disempowered to feel as though they have a valid
opinion.

A conversational vernacular is created by Duffy
through...
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