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The Dolphins by Carol Ann Duffy
Transcript of The Dolphins by Carol Ann Duffy
Form and Structure
The form is consistent and structured in four stanzas of 6 lines each. It does not rhyme. This uniform structure could be a metaphor for the structure and uniformity of the dolphin's life compared to the comparative freedom of the sea.
This poem about a dolphin covers many themes regarding oppression and lack of freedom. It also broaches ideas to do with animal welfare and treatment of animals.
Language- Poetic Techniques
Starts second person to create a sense of familiarity and affinity between reader and dolphin.
If then changes to first person plural. This is important because it leaps into the world of dolphins forced to speaks from their perspective about the effect of imprisonment by humans.
Enjambment used continually throughout.
Meaning and Messages
Meaning and Messages
The poet might have named the poem 'The Dolphins' so they do not need to refer to dolphins in the poem, which makes the poem more realistic as a first person narrative of the dolphin.
Being trapped in society where following orders is the only thing you can do
If you don't follow orders you are punished making you feel worthless and guilty - too much is set on your success
Cruelty to animals
The poet might be reminding us that this sort of cruelty will continue until somebody exposes it for what it is.
Contrast between what the dolphins had, what they have now and can expect in the future.
'The Dolphins' may just as easily be read as a poem about human disillusion, betrayal and loss of direction as it is about animals.