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1

'Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed ....'
(from Shakespeare's will)

Viewed as negative/insulting

Duffy gives new meaning that the bed is a metaphor for their love

2

Spinning world

Metaphor

Direct reference to bed

Describes how he made her feel

Dizzy, the love was all encompassing

3

Forests, castles, torchlight, cliff tops, seas

Fairytale/fantasy

Describing scenery and setting of his famous plays

List shows how expansive his writing was

The intensity of love making also produced a creativity that Anne inspired, she is his muse

4

Dive for pearls

Pearls:

Literally - precious jewel, valuable

Metaphorically - represents the precious and intense quality of their love

5

Shooting stars

Metaphor

Everyone can see them like Shakespeare's plays

Inspiring and admired

6

Earth as kisses

Romantic notion links plays to Anne

The plays are a tribute to Anne

Anne seduced by her lovers language and poetry

7

Softer

(Softer rhyme)

This quatrain presents the softer female perspective compared to the more masculine previous quatrain (forest/castles)

Contrast in perspective

8

Rhyme

(softer rhyme)

Lovemaking and poetry are intertwining

9

Assonance

When vowel sounds are elongated for poetic affect

suggests the physical aspect of their lovemaking (lips/mouth)

10

A verb dancing in the centre of a noun

The linguistic terms are used to playfully suggest physicality of their love

His touch is introduced as dancing which suggests movement and partnership

11

I dream and he'd written me

This suggests she is an integral part of his creative work

The bed is compared to the parchment on which the passion and excitement - associated with the playwright - was written

12

The bed

A page beneath his writers hands

Page represents the bed

The bed, then is the catalyst for the creativity

13

By touch, by scent, by taste

List of the senses

A sensual and romantic experience

Drama and romance being essential to Shakespeare's plays

14

Our guests dosed on dribbling their prose

Alliteration

The dull consonant 'd' and the word choice combine to make a disparaging comment on the guests lovemaking and ability to be creative

Poetry symbolises the most skilful and creative use of language while prose by comparison is ordinary, utilitarian and an exceptional

15

My living laughing love -
(1)(2)(3)

(1) He remains alive in her heart and mind

(2) playfulness and joy of relationship

(3) The final word before the rain in couplet - highlights importance


The alliteration emphasises the 'l' sound and the movement of the mouth whilst also incorporating assonance which evokes the earlier quatrain

The – represents the turn (Volta) of pool

16

Casket of my widows head

Urn/coffin

Declaration of her status as widow but that instead of grieving to a headstone or an urn she keeps him alive in her mind

17

That next best bed

Embodiment of their love – the extended metaphor ends in the final few words, sense of conclusion

18

Compare Anne Hathaway with Havisham

Both take perspective of a woman living without her lover

Havisham was jilted at the altar where Hathaway was widowed

19

Describe the form of Anne Hathaway

Sonnet form

14 line structure often associated with love poetry

Shakespearean sonnet contains three quatrains and a couplet

The entire poem is a metaphor comparing the couples lovemaking to the process of artistic and poetic creativity

20

Structure of Anne Hathaway

Less restrictive rhyme scheme combined with overtly sensual, erotic language and imagery

Use of assonance and alliteration are designed to imitate the touching made during lovemaking and it is almost as though the words themselves are grazing each other

21

Use of enjambement in Anne Hathaway

Shows how freely and without obstruction love flows between the couple

22

Main themes of Anne Hathaway

Passion

Sensual erotic love

Death and remembrance