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Before You Were Mine Carol Ann Duffy. Before You Were Mine I'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on with your pals, Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff.

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1 Before You Were Mine Carol Ann Duffy

2 Before You Were Mine I'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on with your pals, Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff. The three of you bend from the waist, holding each other, or your knees, and shriek at the pavement. Your polka-dot dress blows round your legs. Marilyn. I'm not here yet. The thought of me doesn't occur in the ballroom with the thousand eyes, the fizzy, movie tomorrows the right walk home could bring. I knew you would dance like that. Before you were mine, your Ma stands at the close with a hiding for the late one. You reckon it's worth it. The decade ahead of my loud, possessive yell was the best one, eh?I remember my hands in those high-heeled red shoes, relics, and now your ghost clatters toward me over George Square till I see you, clear as scent, under the tree, with its lights, and whose small bites on your neck, sweetheart? Cha cha cha! You'd teach me the steps on the way home from Mass, stamping stars from the wrong pavement. Even then I wanted the bold girl winking in Portobello, somewhere in Scotland, before I was born. That glamorous love lasts where you sparkle and waltz and laugh before you were mine.

3 Title, Context & Tone Before You Were Mine I'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on with your pals, Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff. The three of you bend from the waist, holding each other, or your knees, and shriek at the pavement. Your polka-dot dress blows round your legs. Marilyn. I'm not here yet. The thought of me doesn't occur in the ballroom with the thousand eyes, the fizzy, movie tomorrows the right walk home could bring. I knew you would dance like that. Before you were mine, your Ma stands at the close with a hiding for the late one. You reckon it's worth it. The decade ahead of my loud, possessive yell was the best one, eh?I remember my hands in those high-heeled red shoes, relics, and now your ghost clatters toward me over George Square till I see you, clear as scent, under the tree, with its lights, and whose small bites on your neck, sweetheart? Cha cha cha! You'd teach me the steps on the way home from Mass, stamping stars from the wrong pavement. Even then I wanted the bold girl winking in Portobello, somewhere in Scotland, before I was born. That glamorous love lasts where you sparkle and waltz and laugh before you were mine. possessive Writing about mother before Carol Ann Duffy was born. Perhaps there is a certain guilt in taking some of the glamour away from her mom’s life. Describing past events The speaker juxtaposes the excitement of her mother’s previous life with the life she has now. She seems to feel that her mother’s life was better than it is now.

4 Before You Were Mine I'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on with your pals, Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff. The three of you bend from the waist, holding each other, or your knees, and shriek at the pavement. Your polka-dot dress blows round your legs. Marilyn. I'm not here yet. The thought of me doesn't occur in the ballroom with the thousand eyes, the fizzy, movie tomorrows the right walk home could bring. I knew you would dance like that. Before you were mine, your Ma stands at the close with a hiding for the late one. You reckon it's worth it. The decade ahead of my loud, possessive yell was the best one, eh?I remember my hands in those high-heeled red shoes, relics, and now your ghost clatters toward me over George Square till I see you, clear as scent, under the tree, with its lights, and whose small bites on your neck, sweetheart? Cha cha cha! You'd teach me the steps on the way home from Mass, stamping stars from the wrong pavement. Even then I wanted the bold girl winking in Portobello, somewhere in Scotland, before I was born. That glamorous love lasts where you sparkle and waltz and laugh before you were mine. Form 4 stanzas each of 5 lines Monologue-addresses mother Frequent use of enjambment (one line run son to the next one); could represent stream of consciousness/thoughts about her mother.

5 Language Before You Were Mine I'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on with your pals, Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff. The three of you bend from the waist, holding each other, or your knees, and shriek at the pavement. Your polka-dot dress blows round your legs. Marilyn. I'm not here yet. The thought of me doesn't occur in the ballroom with the thousand eyes, the fizzy, movie tomorrows the right walk home could bring. I knew you would dance like that. Before you were mine, your Ma stands at the close with a hiding for the late one. You reckon it's worth it. The decade ahead of my loud, possessive yell was the best one, eh?I remember my hands in those high-heeled red shoes, relics, and now your ghost clatters toward me over George Square till I see you, clear as scent, under the tree, with its lights, and whose small bites on your neck, sweetheart? Cha cha cha! You'd teach me the steps on the way home from Mass, stamping stars from the wrong pavement. Even then I wanted the bold girl winking in Portobello, somewhere in Scotland, before I was born. That glamorous love lasts where you sparkle and waltz and laugh before you were mine. The time when she was younger, before she became a mother is shown as exciting and glamorous. These events take place in the past. Reference to Marilyn Monroe indicates how glamorous she considers her mom She isn’t considering too far ahead in to the future; thinking only of near future. ‘possessive’ links in with title ‘relics’ implies historical importance & value Desire to be like mom That part of her mom’s life is mostly in the past, though traces still remain. love bite Her mom is seen as flirtatious Links to Hollywood Boulevard and Monroe; perceives mom as admired and iconic Young, carefree attitude Zest for life remains Wants to know her mother before she was a mother Short sharp sounds have connotations of excitement.

6 Imagery Before You Were Mine I'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on with your pals, Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff. The three of you bend from the waist, holding each other, or your knees, and shriek at the pavement. Your polka-dot dress blows round your legs. Marilyn. I'm not here yet. The thought of me doesn't occur in the ballroom with the thousand eyes, the fizzy, movie tomorrows the right walk home could bring. I knew you would dance like that. Before you were mine, your Ma stands at the close with a hiding for the late one. You reckon it's worth it. The decade ahead of my loud, possessive yell was the best one, eh?I remember my hands in those high-heeled red shoes, relics, and now your ghost clatters toward me over George Square till I see you, clear as scent, under the tree, with its lights, and whose small bites on your neck, sweetheart? Cha cha cha! You'd teach me the steps on the way home from Mass, stamping stars from the wrong pavement. Even then I wanted the bold girl winking in Portobello, somewhere in Scotland, before I was born. That glamorous love lasts where you sparkle and waltz and laugh before you were mine. Positive images show their carefree attitudes. Memory is hazy; perhaps she recognises her scent. Links to diamonds and thus connotations of glamour & value. All details of her past life and loves have been reduced to scents and marks; the few details and memories which remain. All eyes on her mom

7 Compare PoemCompareContrast Homecoming, Simon Armitage Both deal with relationships between children and parents. Both use a shift in time; looking back on an event in the past. ‘Homecoming‘ has some negative views of the parents, whereas ‘Before You Were Mine’ remains positive throughout. Mother Any Distance…, Simon Armitage Deal with mother/child relationships. ‘Mother Any Distance’ concerns breaking away from one’s parents. ‘Before You Were Mine’ seems more possessive On my First Sonne, Ben Johnson Both odes to relative they love. Both suggests the speaker feels guilty for the fate/life of the person they are talking about. ‘On My First Sonne’ sees a man speaking about his son; in ‘Before You Were Mine’ the speaker is talking about a parent. Song of the Old Mother, William Butler Yates Both concern the contrasts between the lives of the young and the old; perhaps also suggesting the negative aspects of the latter. ‘Song of the Old Mother’ is from the mother’s perspective about her current life. The previous life of the mother in ‘Before You Were Mine’ is described by the child.


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