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Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy - CUBA

Analysis of poem by Carol Ann Duffy
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on 19 February 2016

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Transcript of Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy - CUBA

CUBA
(AO4 - conteext)

"Unbelievable!
In this country there is no gasoline,
but cars are all over the road...
There's no food,
but everybody is cooking dinner...
They have no money,
but everybody is dancing
and drinking rum..."
CUBA
from RAPURE
by Carol Ann Duffy
- Veronica from World Nomads
CUBA
becomes
communist
PEOPLE live in isolation from the rest of the world--blinded from reality
LIKE LOVE?
CUBANS - 'HAPPY PEOPLE'
what tourists say
No
getting up from the bed in this grand hotel
and getting dre
ss
ed,
like a work of art
rubbing itself out.

No
lifting the
red rose
from the room service tray when you leave,
as though you might walk to the
lip of a grave
and to
ss
it down.
No
gla
ss

of champagne,
left
to go flat
in the glow of a bedside lamp,
the
frantic bubbles swimming
for the light.
No

w
hite to
w
el,
stre
w
n,
like a shroud
, on the bathroom floor.
no br
ie
f st
ea
m on the mirr
or
there for
a fing
er
to smudge in a heart, an arrow, a name.

No
soft soap
rubbed between four hands.
No

flannel
.
No
future plans.
No
black cab, sad hearse, on the rank.
No
queue there.
No
getting away from th
is
.
No
goodnight k
iss
.
No

Cuba.
anaphora
alliteration/sibilance
personification
MARK-UP
CUBA
FORM
1 stanza, 14 lines: a sonnet
(doesn't follow traditional form)
lines range from 9 to 17 syllables
no pattern in metre
no rhyme scheme
repetition of "no" at the beginning of clauses (anaphora)
rhythmic devices:
enlisting
enjambment
"No glass of champagne, left / to go flat."
"No soft soap / rubbed"
"ing" repetition --> prolonged, dreary
"getting," "rubbing," "swimming"
LITERAL MEANING
narrative voice laments the break-up of the relationship, and undoes the past
poem is an undoing of the memory of Cuba, a joyful and romantic shared experience
monologue, mournful, dejected voice
FIGURATIVE MEANING
the end of love
: there is no future for the couple
no romantic escape or place to be in bliss, ignorant (in love)
unknown/odd and yet familiar
(have heard the sound--or how it goes--before)
h
SOUND DEVICES
TRADITIONAL
SONNET
FORM
SHAKESPEAREAN
14 lines
4 stanzas:
3 of 4 lines
1 of 2 lines
rhyme:
abab-cdcd-efef-gg
iambic pentameter
MODERN
14 lines
subverts traditional sonnet form
consonance
"...to
ss
it down. No gla
ss
..."
"No getting away from th
is
. No goodnight k
iss
."
"No
w
hi
t
e
t
o
w
el,/ s
t
re
w
n..."
assonance
"No br
ie
f st
ea
m on the mirr
or
there for a fing
er
."
"...rubbed between four h
an
ds. No fl
an
nel. No future pl
an
s."
alliteration
"red rose"
sibilance
"soft soap"
SHOW END OF LOVE
Anaphora & Enlisting
rhythmic devices and help construct structure of poem
ANAPHORA (repetition of same word at the beginning of lines or clauses)
"No getting up from the bed"
"No lifting the red rose"
"No future plans"
"No good night kiss"
-> chaos in end of relationship, one persistent and constant image/feeling is one of loss
LISTING
"No flannel. No future plans."
"No brief steam on the mirror there for a finger / to smudge in a heart, an arrow, a name."
"No black cab, sad hearse, on the rack.
No getting up from the bed in this grand hotel
and getting dressed, like a work of art
rubbing itself out. No lifting the red rose
from the room service tray when you leave,
as though you might walk to the lip of a grave
and toss it down. No glass of champagne, left
to go flat in the glow of a bedside lamp,
the frantic bubbles swimming for the light. No white towel,
strewn, like a shroud, on the bathroom floor.
no brief steam on the mirror there for a finger
to smudge in a heart, an arrow, a name. No soft soap
rubbed between four hands. No flannel. No future plans.
No black cab, sad hearse, on the rank. No queue there.
No getting away from this. No goodnight kiss. No Cuba.
VISUAL
"work of art rubbing itself out"
"No lifting the red rose from the room service tray"
"walk to the lip of a grave and toss it down"
"No glass of champagne, left / to go flat in the glow of a bedside lamp"
"frantic bubbles swimming for the light"
"No white towel, / strewn, like a shroud, on the bathroom floor"
"No brief steam on the mirror there"

TACTILE
"a finger / to smudge in a heart, an arrow, a name"
"No soft soap rubbed between four hands"
Figurative Language
o Simile
"No getting up from the bed and getting dressed, like a work of art / rubbing itself out"
"No white towel,
strewn, like a shroud"

o Personification
"lip of a grave"
"sad hearse"
"frantic bubbles swimming"

o Synecdoche
"no flannel"
"a finger to smudge in a heart"
short, stiff, small portions (pain), grows, listing makes context more severe and serious
no lover - flannel stands a a symbol for the lover
use of the finger as a synecdoche suggests how effortlessly a heart can be broken
personification is in a semantic field of grief and desperation
beauty and artistic creation is desecrated/undone
undoing of a shared moment/memory
Striking Images
images are used in a negative way - their absence serves to display the overall lack of love and beauty--symbolic of the death of romance/love
form
& sound
devices
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
pictures:
http://www.russianartist.info/bird-mother1-f-b.jpg
http://ih2.redbubble.net/work.4583022.2.flat,550x550,075,f.love-sticks-sweat-drips-self-portrait.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/(Sculpture)_%22Love_blinds.%22,_by_Centennial_Photographic_Co..pnghttp://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium/graceful-love-elizabeth-weber.jpg
http://www.chinaoilpaintinggallery.com/oilpainting/Jean-Honore-Fragonard/The-Love-Letter.jpg

ideas:

(didn't find much)
http://www.ehow.com/how_3335_write-sonnet.html
http://www.poetrymagazines.org.uk/magazine/record.asp?id=18846
http://journals.worldnomads.com/kirill/country/56/Cubaid
1 - Is love ultimately presented as something good or bad?

2 - What connotation does the title 'Cuba' have?

3 - Is the narrator a reliable one? Do you trust her?
CUBA

No getting up from the bed in this grand hotel
and getting dressed, like a work of art
rubbing itself out. No lifting the red rose
from the room service tray when you leave,
as though you might walk to the lip of a grave
and toss it down. No glass of champagne, left to go flat in the glow of a bedside lamp,
the frantic bubbles swimming for the light. No white towel,
strewn, like a shroud, on the bathroom floor.
no brief steam on the mirror there for a finger

to smudge in a heart, an arrow, a name. No soft soap
rubbed between four hands. No flannel. No future plans.
No black cab, sad hearse, on the rank. No queue there.
No getting away from this. No goodnight kiss. No Cuba.
Also lacks rhyme in the couplet:
No black cab, sad hearse, on the rank. No queue there.
No getting away from this. No goodnight kiss. No Cuba.
assonance
consonance
simile
tricolon
enjambement
synecdoche
allusion
IS TURNED ON
ITS HEAD AND IS
MODERNISED
CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE

4 - Write a retrospective view of the holiday from the subject's point of view. How do you regard the narrator during and since the holiday? You could write this in the form of a diary entry or as a transcript between the subject and her therapist!
...and to finish
nothing to do with the poem
just something fun ...
It's the Gibson Brothers!
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