Poetry Across Time: Character and voiceKeyLanguage: connotation, imagery, metaphor, simileStructure and form: stanzas, type, patterns, contrast, juxtapositionPoetic methods: alliteration, caesura, assonance, rhythm, rhymeCharacter and voice: who is speaking and to whom? Tone of voiceLinks: comparisons to other speakers, methods and themes Medusa Lang – simile shows intensity of feelings makes A suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy thoughts a reality. grew in my mind, which turned the hairs n my head to filthy snakes, as though my thoughts hissed and spat on my scalp. Sibilance – reflects venomous thoughts and hissing of snakes My bride’s breath soured, stank – how many there are. in the grey bags of my lungs. Metaphor – image of war I’m foul mouthed now, foul tongues, reflects anger and a wish yellow fanged. to get revenge. There are bullet tears in my eyes. Are you terrified? Be terrified. Sarcastic tone as he It’s you I love, does not live up to this perfect man, Greek God, my own; ideal – no man does for her. but I know you’ll go, betray me, stray from home. So better by far for me if you were stone. Repetition of personal pronoun – she feels Images of carefree summer I glanced at a buzzing bee, days – that joy is gone. that she deserves to a dull grey pebble fell be selfish and take revenge. to the ground. I glanced at a singing bird, Juxtaposition between the beauty of a handful of dusty gravel nature and the cold, hard, man spattered down. Pets and buildings – symbols of I looked at a ginger cat, domestic bliss and something she Emphasises innocence/ a housebrick craved once. unsuspecting nature of the creature/men before shattered a bowl of mil. being turned to stone I looked at a snuffling pig, a boulder rolled in a heap of shit. A colloquial expletive that shocks the reader and matches the feeling of the victim.
Repeated alliteration I stayed in the mirror. in the poem Love gone bad Mythical creatures to be feared – she indicates that the showed me a Gorgon. means to cause as much harm as possible. persona is stuttering I stared at a dragon in passion and anger. Fire spewed from the mouth of a mountain. And here you come with shield for a heart and a sword for a tongue Repetition reveals bitterness as she is no longer ‘his’ girl.Reminiscent of flowers – and your girls, your girls.something fragile, feminine Wasn’t I beautiful?and beautiful – ironic as Wasn’t I fragrant and young?the opposite now. Look at me now. Interpretations of the Poem: A comment on how love does not always bring happiness. A lesson about what hate and jealousy can do to a person. An exploration of the mind of a spurned woman.