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1

Beloved sweetheart bastard

Declarative sentence

Alliteration & forceful "B" sound gives impression of words being spat out

Oxymoron contrasting beloved - a term of endearment - and the expletive "bastard" is a forceful shocking start to the poem

Reveals without ambiguity the focus of the speakers hatred

2

Not a day since then

Constantly on her mind

Unable to remove the pain

3

I haven't wished him dead

Violent and destructive - fury

Unambiguous sentance

4

Dark green pebbles

Metaphor:

Green- colour reference, connotations of jealousy

Pebbles- cold, hard, emotionless, frightening

5

Ropes on the back of my hands

Veins: connotations of old age

Ropes: suggests tying the knot, marriage

6

I could strange with

Death, violence

7

Spinster.

Negative connotations

Word is isolated (like her), short sentance

8

I stink

Physical deterioration

Smell symbolises bitter memories

9

and remeber

Constantly looks back

Emphasises isolation

10

Whole days in bed

Isolation

11

Cawing

Word Choice

Animalistic, mad, wild

Usually associated with crows which symbolize death

12

Nooooo

Typography

Repeated "o" sound gives a visual and oral combination that shows Havisham in distress

13

Yellowing

Colour reference

Decay, aged, diseased

14

Slewed mirror

Twisted

Suggesting the disturbed psyche, mind altered, unstable

15

Slewed mirror, full-length, her, myself, who did this

Commas used frequently

Irregular speech pattern

Slows reading to question reasons

16

to me?

Rhetorical question

Emphasised through enjambement

She is searching for an answer

17

Puce

Colour

Purplish brown like a bruise

18

Some nights better

Recalling happier times when she and her fiancé were together

19

The lost body over me

Synecdoche- a part that represents the whole

20

My fluent tongue ... mouth... ear

Senses

Suggests sensual dream

21

IT'S mouth ... IT'S ear

No name or prounoun his

Even in her dreams there is a distance and an acknowledgment that he is dehumanised

22

Bite awake

Violent action

Jolted forcefully from dreams

Revenge is implicit

23

Love's

Hate

Enjambement highlights oxymoron (contrast)

The hate belongs to the love (possessive language)

24

Behind a White veil

Alludes to the wedding that never was

25

Red balloon bursting in my face

Metaphor for heart breaking

"Bursting" word choice - symbolises the violent emotions

Alliteration connects and emphasises the forcefulness of the feelings

26

Bang.

Onomatopoeia

Isolated word

Word choice

Violent connotations of gunshot and murderous thoughts

Extends red balloon metaphor

27

Stabbed at a wedding cake

Lethal element to language

Not cutting the cake traditionally but subverting the common image

28

Give me a male corpse for a long slow honeymoon

Demonstrates how warped her mind has become

Contrasts death and life

29

B-b-b-breaks

Her mind is literally and figuratively broken

Repetition of the sound b symbolises her final descent into madness

30

Final stanza

Word by word and line by line becomes more disturbing showing her deterioration into madness