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Medusa - Carol Ann Duffy

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by Mica Semplay on 13 May 2013

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Transcript of Medusa - Carol Ann Duffy

Stanza 2 My bride’s breath soured, stank
in the grey bags of my lungs.
I’m foul mouthed now, foul tongued,
yellow fanged.
There are bullet tears in my eyes.
Are you terrified? Stanza 1 A suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy
Grew in my mind ,
Which turned the hair on my head to filthy snakes,
As though my thoughts
Hissed and spat on my scalp.

My bride’s breath soured, stank
In the grey bags of my lungs.
I’m foul mouthed now, foul tongued,
Yellow fanged
There are bullet tears in my eyes.
Are you terrified?

Be terrified.
It’s you I love,
Perfect man, Greek god, my own;
But I know you’ll go, betray me , stray
From home.
So better by far for me if you were stone.

I glanced at a buzzing bee ,
A dull grey pebble fell
to the ground.
I glanced at a singing bird,
A handful of dusty gravel
Spattered down.

Stanza 3 Be terrified.
It’s you I love,
perfect man, Greek God, my own;
but I know you’ll go, betray me, stray
from home.
So better by far for me if you were stone Stanza 5 I looked at a ginger cat,
a house brick
shattered a bowl of milk.
I looked at a snuffling pig,
a boulder rolled
in a heap of shit. Stanza 6 I stared in the mirror.
Love gone bad
showed me a Gorgon.
I stared at a dragon.
Fire spewed
from the mouth of a mountain. Carol Ann Duffy Medusa I looked at a ginger cat,
A housebrick
Shattered a bowl of milk.
I looked at a snuffling pig,
A boulder rolled
In a heap of shit.

I stared in the mirror.
Love gone bad
Showed me a gorgon.
I stared at a dragon.
Fire spewed
From the mouth of a mountain

And here you come
With a shield for a heart
And a sword for a tongue
And your girls , your girls.
Wasn’t beautiful?
Wasn't I fragrant and young?

Look at me now. A suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy
grew in my mind,
which turned the hairs on my head to filthy snakes,
as though my thoughts
hissed and spat on my scalp Opens with a list
of emotions Use of alliteration
for emphasis Stanza 7 And here you come
With a shield for a heart
And a sword for a tongue
And your girls, your girls.
Wasn’t I beautiful once?
Wasn’t I fragrant and young?

Look at me now. Images of old age The two meanings of foul mouthed:
She has a dirty mouth and
she swears a lot.
Imagery of violence and death
Why should he be terrified?
Imperative verb
If he were stone she would be able to love him
It’s effective because it is aggressive
and shocking because it is
coming from a woman
Traditionally an
ugly creature
Creature of power
and anger
Anger erupting like a volcano
It is said in an aggressive way
which shows that the protagonist
is angry and hurt
Medusa was in the Greek period
therefore they used to fight with
swords etc. and this relates
too the context.
Regret, sadness, jealousy
This is effective as according to Greek
mythology, if you looked at medusa directly
in the eyes, you’d turn into stone. Also,
it’s a short sentence therefore it adds more
impact making the ending effective.
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