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1

What is it about

Autobiographical poem, Rita Dove expresses her love for her husband, Fred, during a hurricane

2

Who is the poet

Rita Dove

3

What does the title show

Suggests warmth and comfort.
Defence/ apology of ones actions.
Is she defending/ apologising for their cosy life together

4

What’s the context

Big bad floyd refers to 1999 hurricane Floyd, which ripped along the Atlantic coast causing $6 billion in damage

5

What’s the structure

Colloquial style. Use of proper nouns and enjambment. Appears informal but at first there is a regular rhyme scheme which then disintegrates

6

What are the themes

Love
Technology
Fragility
Detachment
Nature
Creation

7

“I could pick anything and think of you”

Everyday items make her think of her husband- their daily lives are enter-twinned. Boring but useful things

8

“Sure as shooting arrows to the heart”

He makes her heart skip a beat.

9

“Chain mail glinting, to set me free”

He’s like her knight in shining armour, come to rescue her

10

What is the first stanza about

Dream lover:
Sees him as a hero, she worships him, romantic image

11

“Sweet with a dark hollow centre”

Was sweet at the time but meaningless now. Not much to them

12

What’s the second stanza about

Teenage relationships.
View of love has changed now she is older

13

“It’s embarrassing, this happiness”

She seems to feel she shouldn’t settle for the ordinary. Yet she is happy

14

“I fill this stolen time with you”

Because of the hurricane.

15

What’s the third stanza about

Now:
Has the power of nature- the storm reignited their relationship