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How Does Anne Hathaway Portray Duffy's View Of Shakespeare

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“How does Anne Hathaway portray Duffy’s view of Shakespeare?”

From the quotation of Shakespeare’s will, right the way through the poem, Duffy finds many ways to present her thoughts and feeling for Shakespeare through the voice of his wife ‘Anne Hathaway’.

In her poem, Carol Ann Duffy speaks in the voice of Anne Hathaway herself. It makes sense that Duffy wants to give a voice to this otherwise silenced woman because Duffy herself is known as a feminist. However this idea contrasts with that of the tone from the rest of the poem as before the poem even begins, she is showing a positive attitude towards Shakespeare, quoting his will, “Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed”. At ...view middle of the document...

Through these references, Duffy is showing admiration for his work, something that she rarely does in her poetry due to her feminist views. She quite clearly respects Shakespeare for his work and as fellow poet, and feels the need to reference his work in her own poetry to reflect these strong views.

It was customary in Shakespeare’s time to give the best bed in the house to guests. Comparing the activities taking place in each of the rooms, “I dreamed he'd written me, the bed
a page beneath his writer's hands” with “the best, our guests dozed on, dribbling their prose”, Duffy is basically saying that whilst Anne and Shakespeare are having an incredibly romantic night together, their guests, although they are in the best bed, are leading an average, perhaps even boring relationship. To Anne and Shakespeare, although they know that it is in fact the second best bed that they sleep in together, to them it is the best bed, and that is why Anne so appreciates Shakespeare leaving it to her in his will. After his death, she could still sleep in that same bed that they shared together, reminiscing of the “Romance
and drama played by touch, by scent, by taste”. “I dreamed he'd...

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