Salome and Anne Hathaway in Carol Anne Duffy's Poems
Carol Anne Duffy wrote both Salome and Anne Hathaway. In this essay I am going to be comparing how the characters of Salome and Anne Hathaway are presented in Duffy's two poems.
Duffy's intention as with all of her poems is to give historically famous women who were previously unheard a new voice. Both these poems are written in the women's view like a monologue, both deal with death and have a sexual content.
Anne Hathaway is Shakespeare's wife. It is written in the style of a sonnet to celebrate her husband's work, Shakespeare wrote many sonnets. I can tell this because there is a rhyming couplet at the end, it is a fourteen line poem
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There are two views to this story. The first being that Salome fancied John but knew she couldn't have him alive so decided to have him dead. The other view, which I personally believe, is that, as John didn't like Salome's mother's sinful relationship with King Herod, Salome was following orders to have John dead. I thought before reading the poem that Salome was a cruel, callous, mad individual. My view didn't change once I had read the poem either. In the poem Salome we see a woman who appears driven not by love but by hate and revenge, she has a very negative, angry outlook towards men and love. "It was time to turf out the blighter, the beater or biter". An alliterative quote, both poems use the poetic device, alliteration. Salome is a murderer with no morality and likens her habit to that of any other more 'normal' habit. "Never again! I needed to clean up my act, get fitter, cut out the booze and the fags and the sex". The four stanzas in the poem reflect her mind, insanely flicking from one point to another. All the stanzas in the poem are about something different. The poem uses enjambment it is where a sentence at the end of one verse runs over to the start of the next. Enjambment makes the poem run faster and reflects Salome's mad mind. "Peter?
"Simon? Andrew? John?"
In Salome the historical view and the new view are the same,