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Carol Anne Duffy Feminine Gospels

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Carol Anne Duffy Feminine Gospels
The Women Who Shopped
Duffy makes a mockery of the stereotype women who spend all their time focused on shopping. It seems this is a trait of women that she disapproves of within the collection.
The poem see's a women so driven by the capitalist state that she herself becomes a shop, while the characters emotion towards this transformation seems accepting and even happy, Duffy's language used to describe it creates it as a negative change.
It is an example of how we are all a contribution to capitalist state, and it only survives because we feed it.
It seems, uncharacteristically
that Duffy is blaming women
specifically (seems a little of
key from the rest of the
collection and her call for
equality but whatever).

The Diet
Women In History
Personal Life / Biography
Feminism / Rise Of Feminism
Conclusion
The Long Queen
Presents the long queen as an image of feminism, the queen is an image that enforces the views and this is a ‘heavy burden’ some link to her being Duffy Herself, as someone who takes the burden of enforcing views of feminine equality on the world. The queen has laws that encompass female life and it seems that she glorifies all aspects including childcare, work and even writing.

The queen is said to have some link to Queen Elizabeth I, who had no heir nor took a husband and therefore 'couldn't die'. It also seems to idolize this women with traits of a fairytale.
History
This poem is based around 2 themes, the ignorance of history in modern life and the mistreatment of our elderly within society.
It is based on the character of an elderly women who 'is history' {look up the concept of herstory} the idea being that this women is a personification of all of history yet she is being mistreated by society 'bricks through the window'.
Highlighting how the elderly in our country are the ones that hold our heritage and yet they are overlooked and under appreciated.
Loud
Follows the character of a women o is so outraged by the suffering of children that she finds her voice and becomes the loudest among the outrage.
The women's voice is referred to in sym
Beautiful
Follows important women in history, who’s beauty or promiscuity are what they were best known for. The subject is power/beauty. Comparing the likes of Helen Of Troy and Cleopatra, who were idolized for their beauty and used at a source of power, to Marilyn Monroe and Diana, who’s beauty or appearance were exploited by society.
The historic timeline is chronological so it shows how women’s perceptions through history have been changed, going from the past when women’s beauty was appreciated and how through history it became an exploited trait. Further more it used to be in ownership of the women, whereas through history It moved and became ownership of the male/the rest of the world.


The Map Women
The Map Women states that women wear their entire life story on their skin, like a birthmark or a tattoo. The story shows the good and the bad and leaves women completely trapped by their past and judged based on their appearance. The point is that you cannot escape your skin, and it will always be there no matter how far you go against it. As with other poems in the collection such as Diet and The women who shopped, Duffy's lexis choice makes this issue one for all women throughout history and not just a modern or just past.

Tall
Tall describes a women growing above and beyond all others and no longer fitting into society.
She grows 30 feet tall and becomes isolated and alone, is seen to try to fit into conventional society to no prevail.
Even with this height and how she stands above 'any man' the women is ultimately powerless. It is even said that she becomes detached and deliberately unhelpful, "taller was
colder, aloner, no wiser" the basic
use of her height is to see
what's coming but in no way prevent
it. Duffy has been criticized as some see this poem as a reflection of her life as a poet, becoming grander and more well known but ultimately having no change on the world, she states her discomforts in poetry but doesn't change anything.
Looks at the expected appearance of women by society and the way they are treated and forced to conform. The idea behind it being that ‘inside every fat women is a thin women trying to get out’,

It identifies how easting disorders are overlooked and even ignored by society. Despite a lot of the cause of them being societal pressures and media influences. As such as the women becomes smaller she only becomes less significant and easier to overlook.

The language
used creates the danger
and harsh imagery of the
women "guns for hips".

As well as the twist of
language that presents
the insignificant where
the phrase 'caught the
barman's eye' still ultimately
see's her unnoticed.

3 Sections Of The collection
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