This poem, unlike all the other poems, focuses on a time before carol ann duffy was even born the first line of the poem is i'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on this establishes that duffy is describing a time ten years before she was born, and also that her mother was quite a fun, happy person. Carol ann duffy was born to a roman catholic family in the gorbals, a poor part of glasgow she was the first child of frank duffy, an electrical fitter, and mary black  the couple went on to have another four children, all boys. A reading of the poem by carol ann duffy with images of her parents. However, some of the stand-out poems in my opinion include before you were mine, valentine, steam, havisham, sleeping, the grammar of light, first love, small female skull and the good teachers duffy has been one of my favourite poets since i was a teenager.
Carol ann duffy: mean time you will write a more interesting essay and get better marks if you can compare and contrast the poems throughout in terms of theme, feeling, language, tone and structure • in ‘before you were mine’ duffy imagines her mother before she was born and her mother’s own experiences of. A new poem by carol ann duffy near (for nd) far, we are near, meet in the rain or greener than now if you were with me o you stark naked as she stood before mine eye. Before you were mine is a poem by contemporary poet and british laureate carol ann duffy it portrays the narrator conversing with her mother, whilst looking at an old photograph of her the poem never mentions looking at a photograph but duffy has affirmed that this is indeed the case. This poem, ‘you‘ begins carol ann duffy’s sequence of love poems, unambiguoulsy called rapturealiosn ridyard’s commentary on this blog is excellent and discusses the techniques by which duffy communicates the thunderbolt surprise of falling in love.
I like you and other poems for valentine's day by yaroslava the valentine messages and i am glad you re mine romantic love poems but i haven t seen anyone like you 100 valentine s day love carol ann duffy's love poems for valentine's day valentine's day ideas on pinterest | valentine - for celebrating valentine's day with your loved. Alternatively, carol ann duffy's poems present the exact other procedure through her poems she is also speaking a truth using irony, however, she often will this by using surreal imagery and complicating her words to create a normal cynical view towards the subject. Before you were mine//mother, any distance before you were mine (bywm) and mother, any distance (mad) both present the relationship between parent and child. Carol ann duffy’s ‘rapture’ is a collection of poems, which express different views of love each of the poems have different meanings and are carefully constructed by the poet she uses different themes in her poetry such as tea and grief, to illustrate carol ann duffy’s point that many objects can be linked with love.
A revision video for 'before you were mine' by carol ann duffy. Valentine by carol ann duffy not a red rose or a satin heart i give you an onion it is a moon wrapped in brown paper it promises light like the careful undressing of love. Before you were mine is a generous poem written by duffy who know the sacrifice her parent went through to bring her up it focuses on the theme of love between a parent and child by carol ann duffy full transcript.
In both before you were mine and pluto, duffy uses characters to present different viewpoints of the past and present in before you were mine, the past is seen to be tangible and physical as the character of the narrator's mother is heavily described, whereas in pluto the character grieves for his. Carol ann duffy was born in the gorbals (glasgow) on 23 december 1955, the first child of may (née black) and frank duffy may was irish and frank had irish grandparents. “before you were mine” is a poem written by a daughter about how she imagines her mother’s life ten years before the daughter was born the author describes the photo of her mother with two of her friends. The best poems by carol ann duffy carol ann duffy (b 1955) 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 1985.
Content before you were mine is essentially a kind of love poem addressed to my mother it is entirely autobiographical in the poem, i am imagining my mother 10 years before i was born- almost trying to re-create her as a teenaged girl in language. Valentine is a poem written in 2010 by carol anne duffy, the current poet laureate the poem expresses duffy’s unusual point of view on love this is clear from the title and the first line in the poem. An analysis of before you were mine by carol ann duffy posted on may 8, 2016 by emma lee this is another poem, like mother, any distance by simon armitage which has been analysed to death, hence another reason i left it so late to explore. A full in depth analysis of carol ann duffy's 'before you were mine', part of the 'love and loss' section of the gcse anthology eight pages long fully annotated with check yourself questions, and further reading recommendations, and a copy of the poem to write on to save messing up the anthology, this guide is perfect for a lesson plan.
How carol ann duffy explores relationships in 'valentine' and 'before you were mine' the way carol ann duffy explores relationships in her poems is a rich subject for comparison, as each poem puts an interesting spin on the way she, as the narrative voice, reacts to the people around her. This interesting and engaging lesson enables students to build their knowledge of the content, language, and structure of carol ann duffy’s contemporary relationships poem ‘before you were mine. Carol ann duffy writes poetry, which reveal disturbing aspects of human behaviour and the human nature i will be writing about these three poems, ‘salome’, ‘before you were mine’, and ‘stealing. Comparing before you were mine by carol ann duffy with by simon armitage there are many similarities and also many differences between the poems, before you were mine by carol ann duffy and by simon armitage.