Analysis of Medusa

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The poem is in free verse, structured around her curse that was sent upon her because of what she had done in the Greek mythology. The myth was that she made a rumour saying that she was more beautiful than Athena the Greek god, she created this rumour because she wanted to leave a cave that she was living in and when she asked medusa she said no. Athena found out and made medusa ugly and she also put a curse on her so that she can never look at any one again. Despite the free verse formation, the poem is divided into stanzas of mostly equal length. The final line, which is a stanza on its own, is an exception; this underlines it and creates a sense of evil as she suggests that she wasn’t to kill him as from the Greek mythology when you look at her she will instantly turn you into stone. The first paragraph of the poem sums up the whole poem. The words ‘a suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy’ show the whole process she is going through and the emotions that she is feeling. It also goes onto talk about the curse that she has. The danger shown by upsetting Medusa is emphasised by the metaphor of "bullet tears", since tears are commonly seen as weak and fragile, but bullets are shown as cold violent and deathly. The title medusa shows that the whole poem is an extended metaphor. Although jealousy makes Medusa dangerous, she also loses a lot: her hair turns to "filthy snakes" and her breath "soured, stank". She is aware of the change in herself, by the end of the poem the rhetorical questions "Wasn't I beautiful? Wasn't I fragrant and young?" show her bitterness at being betrayed and sadness at that change. In comparison to the clown punk both poems use the character names as the title to make them extended metaphors of who they are, both poems rely on strong visual imagery to engage the reader. Like Medusa, the Clown Punk is a character we wouldn't really want to look

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