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Emotional Confessions in Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife

Summary: Carol Ann Duffy's collection of poems in The World's Wife are full of emotional confessions by women, whether they are confessions of crimes, jealousy, adulterous throughts, or mistreatment of men. In Duffy's poems, particularly "Delilah," "The Devil's Wife," "Mrs. Quasimodo," "Queen Herod," and "Mrs. Beast," the women featured seems to reveal their feelings and reasons behind their actions.
`The World's Wife' by Carol Ann Duffy has a variety of subjects in the poems. Some of the poems are confessions of crimes, jealousy, thoughts of adultery and mistreatment of men.

`Delilah' is a confession by the biblical character Delilah, detailing how and why she cut off Samson's hair, the key to his strength. The poem is in the form of a dramatic monologue reminiscent of a court testimony. She uses actual factual statements, `we were in bed', to remain unemotional. She attempts to keep her confession factual to make it as convincing as possible, she is trying to manipulate. Her tone is neutral so she reveals as little as possible emotionally. She does however use emotive adjectives near the end, `deliberate, passionate hands', suggesting that she has let her guard down, revealing her feelings. She may also be suggesting that...

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