An Analysis of Stealing by Carol Ann Duffy Essay

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Stealing

Stealing by Carol Ann Duffy was written in the 1980's after Duffy had seen her neighbours snowman stolen from their front garden. Getting inspired by this, she had written this poem reflecting on the problems that occured in that moment, hence it was the time in Britain where unemployment was high due to Margaret Thatcher's (the Prime Minister during the 1980's) government policies.

The poem starts with a rhetorical question, "The most unusual thing I ever stole?" This question seems like it's been repeated to oneself after hearing the same question which shows the imperfection of the start of the poem. This uncertainty reflects the one Duffy had lived in those times where there was a lot of social unrest poll tax riots,
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"It seems daft now" In the fourth stanza contradicts with the previous stanzas because in the previous stanzas the author had written in the present tense, "I steal things." However on the fourth stanza he tells himself that it's a stupid thought now, this indicates that this thief had been stealing for quite a while, wasting his time on worthless things but giving value to it. This reflects on reality in those times

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