Analysis of “Prayer” by Carol Ann Duffy

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Analysis of “Prayer” by Carol Ann DuffyLouise Erdrich Yue Jiang 105034154 The Prayer, written in 1993 by, Carol Ann DuffyLouise Erdrich, has a close relationship with Julia Kristeva’s essay “Revolution in Poetic Language”. According to psychoanalysis, when people are babies, they are irrational and emotional. All their need is to be cared for. Their needs should be demandedmet, either for food, or caring or other things. A baby considers the person who offers satisfies them this need as “mother”. In addition, all their language and image of the world in this stage are acquired through the mother. The essay, “Revolution in Poetic Language”, written by Julia Kristeva, selected in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism says…show more content…
On the other hand, it lets the minims in, which may mean something that can comfort her and ease her. It is a way of searching for the peace and tranquility of heart. “Some nights, although we are faithless, the truth enters our heart, that small familiar pain; then a man will stand stock-still, hearing his youth in the distant Latin chanting of a train.” (DuffyErdrich, P2007)6. Truth always hurts people, especially when they are faithless. The third and fourth lines of the second quatrain give such an image of a man, though painful, heartbreaking, seeing his youth far away in the darkness, hearing the chanting, which makes him reflect about himself, find his identity and realise the world. This quatrain reveals the ruthlessness of reality, and how much people are longing for the care-free and warm, comforting babyhood. In the “Revolution in Poetic Language”, KristevaJulia cited that, “Freud notes that the most instinctual drive is the death drive. In this way, the term ‘drive’ denotes waves of attack against stases, which are themselves constituted by the repetition of these charges; together, charges and stases lead to no identity (not even that of the ‘body proper’) that could be seen as a result of their functioning.” (Kristeva, P2173)7. In this way, people go to great lengths to defendse themselves and to looking for security and identity. “Pray for us now. Grade I piano

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