What Connections Have You Found in Ways in Which Duffy and Pugh Write About Women Experiences?

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Duffy and Pugh both write about women experiences conveying similar and dissimilar connections in their poems. This includes Carol Anne Duffy’s poem on Mrs Tiresias and Mrs Aesop, alongside Sheenagh Pugh’s Tree of Pearls. Carol Anne Duffy’s Mrs Tiresias and Mrs Aesop are poems mainly based around legend, myth and fairy tales, featuring male characters or references to them by no other than their wives’ experiences on the account. Similarly, Sheenagh Pugh’s poem also uses references strongly based around legends and old tales from her early experiences reading about myths which leads into an experience told by ‘Cairo slave who went by the name of Tree of Pearls’. Duffy displays a woman’s experience about the spirited irony of the joke about a man who becomes a woman, finding the monthly ‘period’ a painful trial worthy of ‘one week in bed’ and ‘two doctors in’. This highlights how Duffy feels men are not capable to cope with the traumas and pain women deal with without the need of extreme outbreaks which she moves between ironic comedy, pathos and heated eroticism with a natural ease. Mrs Tiresias displays a happy experience with its own body. However, Duffy shows the transformation of husband to female companion carried with it the same conventional restrictions where he is wearing a dress which showed where ‘the shocking V of [his] shirt were breasts’ whilst still a male. This suggests how women sometimes experience men to be senile and insensitive towards their emotions, when they need them to be protective and watchful yet they can be cowards. Nevertheless, Duffy captures the quiet resignation of the spirited and resourceful wife, who is prepared to greet her husband’s dramatic life change with optimism and compassion as she ‘tried to be kind’ which highlights when women experience various obstacles in a marriage where they still end up devoted to the ones

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