Anne Hathaway Essay

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Anne Hathawayby Carol Ann Duffy from The World's Wife 'Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed ...'(from Shakespeare's will) The bed we loved in was a spinning worldof forests, castles, torchlight, clifftops, seaswhere we would dive for pearls. My lover's wordswere shooting stars which fell to earth as kisseson these lips; my body now a softer rhymeto his, now echo, assonance; his toucha verb dancing in the centre of a noun. Some nights, I dreamed he'd written me, the beda page beneath his writer's hands. Romanceand drama played by touch, by scent, by taste.In the other bed, the best, our guests dozed on,dribbling their prose. My living laughing love -I hold him in the casket of my widow's headas he held me upon that next best bed. Analysis Duffy's "Anne Hathaway" is a sonnet spoken in the voice of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife. This means its a dramatic monologue, it doesn't have to follow any set form, it just has to be spoken in the first person. This is a spectacular technique of writing as it makes the reader feel connected to the poem. This poem does have a form, though. It's a sonnet, it has fourteen lines but it breaks most of the other rules. Anne Hathaway is a poem from the worlds wife’s anthology written by Carol Anne Duffy, the main theme in all these poems is love. Love is what this whole poem is about, In this case it a mixture between happy and disappointing love, as there are many mixed feelings. In my opinion, Duffy wrote this for all those people who thought that Shakespeare didn’t love his wife, as he left her their 2nd best bed in his will. Strangely in this poem Duffy interprets the bed in a different way. In Anne Hathaway, 2nd best bed is a symbol of
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