Critical Response of Duff and Pugh Essay

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Critical Response Carol Ann-Duffy & Sheenagh Pugh are both strongly opinionated politically – many of their poems are charged with a scornful, impassioned energy directed toward the Thatcherite days, resenting years of economic deprivation & ruin of many young lives in their generation – this sets the basis for a general distaste for politicians, illustrated in Duffy’s parody of parliament ‘Weasel Words’, mocking the meaningless socio-jargon that MPs use to wriggle and slither their way out of answering straight questions. The same jargon is used to greater, more realistic effect in Pugh’s ‘Official Briefing’ (a biblical parody of Jesus sacking the temple & casting out the money changers [Synoptic Gospels: Mark 11:15-19] & something of…show more content…
In ‘Weasel Words’ she uses repeated denial in the Weasel’s speech to the house to imply a hidden agenda – we see this more and more every time a scandalous debate rises in parliament - the poem is as true today as it was at its time publication. The continuous subtle implication takes on a satirical fashion with her mockery of political slander between the politicians themselves – “If you put a weasel down your trousers, nothing will happen – more than can be said for Ferrets)” which again is becoming a more and more prevalent theme in the daily news, increasing its relevance to the reader. Another politically charged poem by Pugh is ‘Nothing happened here’, a fumbling, contradictory monologue exploring the thin line between truth & fiction. The positioning of sentences is abrupt & has lasting impact, enjambments spanning nearly all of each pair of verses. She uses repeated denial to far greater effect than Duffy in ‘Weasel Words’ in a far shorter poem, far more effectively – names are not named, opinions are not given but merely the idea of top brass & politicians using subversion and feeding lies to the general public, covering up scandals & remaining high above any sort of law – which is easily manipulated to govern common folk by those of high status – these ideas play cleverly on the paranoia of the modern multimedia generation, to the idea that ‘Big Brother’ is keeping a vigil over Britain – in an age where a small English village has more CCTV than some American

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