Compare the way in which poets create a threatening or menacing

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Compare the way in which poets create a threatening or menacing atmosphere in four poems. Write about Salome by Carol Ann Duffy and compare it with one poem from Simon Armitage and two from the pre 1914 bank. The poem ‘Salome’, by Carol Ann Duffy, is written in the first person, seemingly from the perspective of a woman given indicators such as the fact that the person has been involved intimately with a man; ‘the reddish beard’. The first three lines of the poem, all of which uses enjambment, only come to make sense as the poem is read, meaningless on their own. Carol Ann Duffy then immediately establishes an ominous ambience to the poem with the line ‘woke up…head…beside me’. The odd singularity of the head being mentioned…show more content…
Interestingly, as with ‘Education For Leisure’, another of the poet’s poems, the adjective ‘glitter’ is used to create an immensely disturbing atmosphere. It contrasts so starkly from the rest of the poem excluding perhaps the first stanza, where the adjective ‘beautiful’ is used that it immediately grabs hold of the reader’s attention once more, especially as it is used to describe the speaker’s eyes. The word ‘glittered’ is not generally used in relation to describing a person’s eyes, unless it is the expression, ‘glittered with malice’; this in regards to eyes. The following imagery in the final stanza, ‘sticky red sheets’ and ‘his head on a platter’ is decidedly gruesome and unpleasant, ultimately confirming the unbalanced, psychotic state of the speaker’s mind. This also relates to the film ‘The Godfather’ where a man wakes up to find the head of his horse on the pillow beside him, also a decidedly unpleasant scene, an idea which perhaps Carol Ann Duffy has used within her own poem to help create a menacing atmosphere. ‘Those bastards in their mansions’, a poem from Simon Armitage’s ‘Book of Matches’, also creates a menacing atmosphere, but in a different manner. The storyline is about the speaker, some kind of revolutionary and his crusade against the wealthy and the properties they own; ‘mansions’,
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