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The Unusualness of Carol Anne Duffys Poetry Carol Anne Duffys poetry like quite a lot of modern poetry is not traditionally written It does not rhyme and punctuation differs from how it would have been traditionally written Also sentences do not start and end in orthodox places for example in Valentine sentences cross lines - I give you an onion Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips possessive and faithful as we are for as long as we are This crossing of lines and paragraphs is more prominent in some other modern poetry and is not demonstrated particularly well in this set of poems The poems are odd in other ways The titles of the poems are not remarkable in themselves but when you start to read the poems it becomes apparent that they are not written conventionally The poet has used many abstract ideas in the poems This is most noticeable in Valentine It starts off oddly with the line Not a red rose or a satin heart This is very untraditional as it is a blunt forthright statement The phrase is a stereotypical clich of what most people imagine Valentines Day to be about Duffy then proceeds to shred the clich to pieces with her next line I give you an onion This is very contrasting to the first statement because it is about as far as you can get from a romantic image While Valentine is perhaps the most bizarre of her poems the others War Photographer Stealing Before You Were Mine and In Mrs Tilschers Class are all definitely out of the ordinary Whereas Valentine was weird n wacky In Mrs Tilschers Class is actually very clever The idea of the school year very ingeniously encompasses the aspect albeit an abstract one of growing up It starts with the beginning of the school year and this signifies the beginning of adolescence and goes through becoming
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