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‘Hour’ Carol Ann Duffy revision notes GCSE English Ormerod

PoemKey Points
‘Hour’ Carol Ann Duffy SUMMARY Describes an hour spent between the narrator and her lover.
‘Hour’ Carol Ann Duffy THEMES Love versus time. Personifies time as love’s enemy. Love can almost make time stand still. Enjoying the intimacy of a moment in time rather than thinking about the world beyond. Love can find riches in anything - "straw" or even "a grass ditch".
‘Hour’ Carol Ann Duffy FEELINGS Cherishing the moment. Love is precious and valuable. Physical pleasure.
‘Hour’ Carol Ann Duffy STRUCTURE Sonnet. 14 lines. Predictable rhyme scheme.
‘Hour’ Carol Ann Duffy LANGUAGE Many references to money and riches/time. Contrasts material wealth against time spent with a loved one. Contrasts traditionally romantic images (flowers, jewels, wine) with the ordinary (‘grass ditch’, ‘cuckoo spit’.) Images of light-optimistic.
‘Hour’ Carol Ann Duffy KEY QUOTES 'For thousands of seconds we kiss' 'Love's times beggar' 'Love spins gold, gold, gold from straw' 'Now. Time hates love.'
‘Hour’ Carol Ann Duffy LINKS TO… ‘To His Coy Mistress’ time as the enemy of love, living in the moment. ‘Sonnet 116’ time and love, personification. The opening words 'Love's time's beggar' echo Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 ('Love's not Time's fool').
Created by: lesleycollins