It is as if Duffy suggests that the man is compensating for his fearful and avoidant personality by involving an unbeatable instrument of death. One could also argue that the gun’s intrinsic link to death suggests that by being caught by her suitor Thetis is, in effect, being shot and killed.
In this poem, Duffy uses Greek mythology, traditionally male dominated to explore male and female relationships. The subject of the poem is the sea nymph Thetis, who is able to transform into anything. She is pursued by the hero Peleus who eventually rapes her and becomes the father to her son, Achilles.
Duffy uses Thetis' shape shifting form to show the adaptable nature of females in modern society. Duffy evidently feels women are constrained when they have children and have to change to please men. Duffy chose to not keep Achilles name in the poem as she thought it would detract away from Thetis- she is her own person without children.
Thetis was a Greek God who could control nature and shape shift, she later becomes the mother of Achilles. Pelius is told by Zeus to marry her and so he must tie her up into so she can not metamorphose into something to escape.Learn More
In the poem Thetis, Duffy writes of a sea nymph who tries to escape the clutches of her suitor by changing her physical form. The suitor, however, is persistent and is able to reciprocate each change. In the end, Thetis gives in and marries the suitor, before giving birth to a child.Learn More
Duffy has been known for her work on feminism and creating a new definition to it. This essay takes a closer look into the poetic techniques used to portray such themes in Thetis and Medusa from The World’s Wife. Female characters become the main focus in Duffy’s reworking of Greek myths.Learn More
Analysis and Response to Thetis: How is the relationship between Thetis and her Captor portrayed in Carol Ann Duffy's poem?Learn More
Analysis of the Forge by Seamus Heaney Type:Essay, 4 pages The title of the poem means a blacksmith.The line presents a contrast between the dark, the older time period of his profession, and the outside, modern world, in which his profession is less visible and honored.The poem uses the image of a blacksmith and the nature of the profession.Learn More
Home — Essay Samples — Literature — Poetry — The Analysis Of The Philip Larkin’s Poem “This Be The Verse” This essay has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional essay writers.Learn More
Duffy’s poetry is a practical proof of rhyme as expressive, flexible, purposefully baited. Dangle a rhyme at the end of a line and the mind-fish bites. Not only end-rhymes, but off-rhymes, hidden rhymes, half-rhymes, ghost rhymes, deliberate near-misses that hit the mark.Learn More
Duffy also uses cockney rhyming slang throughout, (frog and toad, mince pies, Vera Lynn) which gives it a voice and identity. The amount of rhyming slang used decreases as the poem goes on, which could be a device to show how the twins have changed and gone up in the world.Learn More
Medusa by Carol Ann Duffy The poem Medusa explores the theme of jealousy and anger; the poet illustrates this using the extended metaphor of a Greek mythological creature Medusa, whose story describes her as a beautiful maiden that is turned into a hideous creature after being raped by Poseidon.Learn More
The Shield of Achilles Analysis Stanza 1. In the opening stanza of the poem, which can be read in full here, Thetis, one of the sea deities, according to Greek mythology, is shown looking over Hephaestus’s shoulder at the shield of Achilles he is engraving images on. She expected he had engraved traditional images of ancient Greece, such as.Learn More
The way that Carol Ann Duffy described how Delilah was getting ready by sharpening the scissors, and snipping it in air to test it allows the atmosphere to tense up, even though the readers know what will happen. To make this poem stronger, Carol Ann Duffy has used a lot of literary techniques to bring out the change of strength and power.Learn More
Demeter. Carol Ann Duffy. Demeter: A few Thoughts. The poem explores the myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone in a profoundly intimate way. The original story centres on the Greek Goddess Demeter’s loss of her daughter Peresphone to Hades, the King of the Underworld.Learn More