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hour by carol Ann Duffy

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on 10 May 2014

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Transcript of hour by carol Ann Duffy

If you cut out the “H” in “Hour” then, its just our meaning its our time
Spending an hour in many ways
An hour is a little amount
One’s own sweet time
Thousands of seconds

A contemporary sonnet- ends with a rhyming couplet but has 14 lines.
The poem has gaps which tells that she wants the poem to look longer and the time to extend.
It has a predictable rhyme scheme (a-b-a-b-c-d-c-d-e-f-e-f-g-g).
Sonnets often use a final rhyming couplet to offer a 'turn' in the meaning however, Duffy only offers a partial turn, which is confirmation of the idea that love will always triumph by finding unlikely sources of value.
“Hour” is compared to a “dropped coin” in beggar’s cup- to a beggar a coin means so much to them because they don’t get things for granted, so they know how to use a single coin wisely and let it go in vain. Just like that she knows how much an hour is worth because she only gets to spend one hour with her loved one so she uses it wisely and carefully.
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In the poem she shows how
is a beggar of time.
even a single hour spent with your loved one is more more precious than gold.
The poem suggests that to be with a loved one, even for just an hour, is precious and valuable. It also presents the traditional idea of time as an obstacle to lovers.
The Poet

She wrote her first poem when she was 7 years old and she got inspired by the book Alice in wonderland. She was unhappy that the story ended and she wanted the book to continue so she decided to write her own poem based on the similar theme of Alice in Wonderland.

Her poems contain fairy tales and myths


She was born in 1955 in Glasgow. She studied at the University of Liverpool and in 1996 began lecturing in poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. As well as writing poetry, she has also written plays, she always write her poems from a feminist point of view.

She was the first female poet laureate, since 2009 till now.
-This poem is about the narrator telling a story about her and her lover spending an hour together.
-She's trying to say that it's not about where you spend your time, its about who you're with and how you're spending your time together. In the poem she mentions the word 'ditch', which implies that she doesn't want to be in an artificial setting e.g fancy restaurant, rather she would spend time in a grass ditch, this also shows her love for nature. She's not the type of girl who wants flowers, gifts or chocolates, she just wants to enjoy her time being with him.
-What's the point of wasting an hour, when you can make the most of it, in between that time.
-She doesn't want money instead she wants his love.
throughout the poem she makes them sound poor aswell as rich, in the first stanza she makes them sound poor
the words "flowers" and "wine" is replaced by alternatives: for instance, "a grass ditch" is an unlikely romantic location, it's not a place a couple would really like to spend their whole hour in. There is simplicity and perfection to "the whole of the summer sky", an image rich in meaning, a loving couple lying down together and looking up
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positive attitude and feelings
she's expressing her feelings and effection for her lover
throughout the poem she talks about how and hour shouldnt be wasted because time is something you dont get for granted, if an hour is spent correctly a lot of memories can be made.
Reference to Midas; things turn to gold, their love is seen in the brightest light.
Hour also refers to images of light in contrast to the night and the darkness of certain separation. These include: "Bright", "summer sky", "Midas light", "shining hour", "candle", "chandelier or spotlight". Duffy uses light to suggest a positive, warm, optimistic relationship. Rather than dwelling on the darkness of separation the lovers make the most of the time they have together.
"for thousands of seconds we kiss" is a distinctive phrase
she made an hour seem longer than it really is, because in 1 minute there is 60 seconds, so there will probably be thousands of seconds in an hour. Its like a glass, if it falls on the floor, it would break into a thousand pieces.
The word "thousands" indicates how precious time is to the poet.
She uses a lot of contrast between images traditionally seen as romantic (or related with wealth) and the ordinary: "Flowers" and "grass ditch" compare to a "jewel" and "cuckoo spit (insect eggsleft on long grass"; "sunlight" contrasts with a "chandelier";"gold" contrasts with "straw". These contrasts highlight the romance of the lovers' time together. Traditional ideas are shown to be not so important compared to the personal experience of the two characters. She doesn't want to be in an artificial setting, such as a fancy restaurant, she'd rather be in a greener environment.
Hour presents love as a powerful force, able to transform the ordinary into something rich and magical. In Hour, time is expanded, and yet the poem suggests love is forever gifted, able to find riches in a short amount of time. In Hour the love of the couple is described in terms of valuable objects like "treasure" and "gold".
The traditional battle between love and time is clearly presented in the poem: “Time hates love” which proves that they are enemies however she indicates that even though love hates time it wouldn’t be able survive without it. She also talks about how "love spins gold, gold, gold from straw" here the poet is alluding to the fairytale character Rumpelstilskin, who has the ability to turn straw into gold. This reference gives out a magical feeling to the close lines. Lastly this is an image which sums up the key themes of the poem: love can find riches in anything- “straw” or even “a grass ditch”. The simple logic of the experience is a reminder that material possessions can’t replace something as magical and powerful as time spent with a loved one.
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