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FORM AND STRUCTURE Carol Anne Duffys poem Adultery is structured in a traditional and straightforward way It is comprised of eleven verses - each with the common four lines which consist of between four and nine words This makes the poem not particularly striking at the first look before it is read The typography does not attract the readers attention this is probably because Duffy wants the reader to concentrate on the language and is not concerned with the shape that the lines form or how they relate to the themes of the poem RHYME AND RHYTHM Duffy does not seem particularly interested in rhyme in this poem and probably decided before writing it that she did not want any Therefore rhyme has been avoided as has a regular repetitive rhythm I think that Duffy wants to allow the language to speak for itself without getting tangled up in rhyme and rhythm schemes and having to change what she wants to say in order to make it fit these limitations She also wants to avoid losing the impact of the poem This has much to do with the language used poetic devices and very often the lack of rhythm seen clearly in the first verse when she writes Guilt A sick green tint The caesura breaks up the line splitting it into two If she were writing within the barriers of a specific rhythm she would probably be tempted and perhaps compelled to split this line exactly in half in order to balance it and keep the structure This would not have the same effect The caesura is used as dramatic device implying that the poem is intended to be read out loud The break makes the reader pause giving the first word a larger impact as it is isolated from the rest of the text It also does the same for the following sentence and as it is on the end
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