‘Before You Were Mine’ Language, Form, and Structure

In this lesson, we are going to take a closer look at the language, form and structure Duffy uses to create meaning within the poem. We will be focusing specifically on the theme of family relationships in our analysis.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What does 'inevitable' mean?

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Q2.What event in the poem changes Duffy's mum's life?

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Q3.What is a 'patriarchal society'?

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Q4.Later in the poem, the mother's high heels are described as 'relics'. What does 'relics' mean?

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Q5.What was Duffy's mum's life like before having children?

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What does 'inevitable' mean?

1/5

Q2.What event in the poem changes Duffy's mum's life?

2/5

Q3.What is a 'patriarchal society'?

3/5

Q4.Later in the poem, the mother's high heels are described as 'relics'. What does 'relics' mean?

4/5

Q5.What was Duffy's mum's life like before having children?

5/5

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Lesson 16 - Analysing 'Before You Were Mine'

A quiz consolidating your analysis of the poem's language and structure from this lesson

Q1.What is juxtaposition?

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Q2.'Inevitable' means unavoidable. What fate does Duffy present as inevitable for women in 1950s Britain?

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Q3.What does the title 'before you were mine' suggest about Duffy's relationship with her mother?

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Q4.What do Duffy's mother's red high heels symbolise?

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Q5.What does the metaphor 'your ghost clatters toward me over George Square' suggest about Duffy's mum?

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Lesson 16 - Analysing 'Before You Were Mine'

A quiz consolidating your analysis of the poem's language and structure from this lesson

Q1.What is juxtaposition?

1/5

Q2.'Inevitable' means unavoidable. What fate does Duffy present as inevitable for women in 1950s Britain?

2/5

Q3.What does the title 'before you were mine' suggest about Duffy's relationship with her mother?

3/5

Q4.What do Duffy's mother's red high heels symbolise?

4/5

Q5.What does the metaphor 'your ghost clatters toward me over George Square' suggest about Duffy's mum?

5/5

Lesson summary: ‘Before You Were Mine’ Language, Form, and Structure

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