Wish Carol Ann Duffy Analysis

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‘Wish’ by Carol Ann Duffy is about wishing to resurrect a body. It presents death in rewind and undoes all the suffering that has to do with death. ‘Wish’ is a very personal poem compared to the other poems Carol Ann Duffy had written. However, although it is quite personal, it is also a mixture of being personal and connecting with the public, since it relates to the themes of mistreated women from earlier in her collection of poems. The ‘wish’ in this poem is to undo every suffering; to resurrect the dead, meaning to bring back someone who has been lost. It contains a total of fourteen lines, has half rhymes, has internal rhymes (‘bride/’died slept’/’wept’), and takes on the form of iambic pentameter. It is written like it is in a form of…show more content…
Carol Ann Duffy also uses sibilance in this poem, for example; ‘shifted, wish, stirred’. This represents the resurrection of a body and the movements of it. Looking at how Carol Ann Duffy uses short sentences, it seems like she is using an angry tone of voice, going on and on, for example; ‘Nobody died. Nobody wept. Nobody slept…’ as if she is emphasizing to the readers that the poor women are just like nobodies, (relating to the poem ‘Anon’ by Carol Ann Duffy from Feminine Gospels). The repetition of “nobody” makes a person lose their identity, whereas only the memory that others have of you will keep you alive. She writes ‘why do I shout, why do I run’ without a question mark. Is it a rhetorical question that Carol Ann Duffy is suggesting to herself and the readers? Feminine Gospels is a collection that puts a lot of emphasis on the question ‘why’. The verbs used in this poem that are written in past tense are related to the process of waking up, for example, ‘grew, shifted, stirred, reached, pulled’. The verb ‘walk’ written in present tense represents imagining the person being brought to life and actually walking like the
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