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1

"Beloved sweetheart bastard"

-Oxymoron = confused mental and emotional state

2

"Not a day since then I haven't wished him dead"

-Scale of Obsession
-Vague = painful to mention wedding day
-She has very dark thoughts

3

"Prayed for it so hard I've dark green pebbles for eyes"

-Consumed, tragic as she actually wants love
-Metaphor = hardened eyes is the window to her soul which highlights that she is dead inside.

4

"ropes on the back of my hands I could strangle with"

- Poor physical state = aging
-Violent image shows her hatred of men damaged

5

"Spinster"

-Hurtful title, short sentence used to create impact

6

"I stink and remember"

-She's in a tragic state

7

"Whole days in bed cawing nooooo at the wall"

-Her whole life is consumed
-She's losing humanity, ANIMAL
-Elongated = tragic and desperate

8

"the dress yellowing"

-Symbolic, length of time stuck in the past unable to move on

9

"trembling if I open the wardrobe"

-Word choice = she is afraid to look at the clothes of her past
-Physically trembles when faced with the task

10

"the slewed mirror, full-length, her, myself"

-She does not recognise what she has become

11

"who did this to me"

-Tragic question was it a man or herself, she does not know

12

"sounds not words"

-She is struggling to communicate, length of time isolated from the world

13

"some nights better, the lost body over me, my fluent tongue in its mouth in its ear"

-She still dreams of finding love

14

"I suddenly bite awake"

-Sexual image becomes violent
-Act of violence against men to emasculate

15

"Love's hate"

-Split opposites highlights her confusion between loving or hating him

16

"hate behind a white veil"

-Romantic wedding image now tainted with hate"

17

"Bang"

-Onomatopoeia = violence exploding

18

"I stabbed at a wedding cake"

-Violent image
-Word choice of stabbed = violent vengeful connotations
-She hates the idea of marriage now which is tragically ironic

19

"Give me a male corpse for a long slow honeymoon"

-Physical love is now dead to her
-Emotionally she is dead
-Romantic image of honeymoon now tainted with hate

20

"Don't think it's only the heart that b-b-b-breaks"

-Her heart is broken but she is broken as a person and she cannot function anymore
-Onomatopoeia and elongated alliterative B sound = her upset and sadness but also that it is a long process