Les Grands Seigneurs: Dorothy Molloy

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English Mind Map on Les Grands Seigneurs: Dorothy Molloy, created by lldriftinglegend on 05/07/2014.

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Les Grands Seigneurs: Dorothy Molloy
1 Subject
1.1 About romantic love but the twist is that marriage changes everything
2 Structure and language
2.1 Form and structure is laid out in 4 stanzas with first 3 describing romantic love before a dramatic volta (in the final stanza)
2.2 This poem has 15 lines and only 1 line short of a sonnet which is normally associated with romantic love
2.3 Sound
2.3.1 alliteration e.g. prancing and promenade which underlines a sense of ridiculousness
2.3.2 There is no regular rhyme scheme but there is the occasional instance of eternal rhyme e.g. after I was wedded, bedded. Rhyme draws attention to the change of tone in the poem
3 Imagery
3.1 The title sounds grandiose because it is French and a language which is associated it chivalry and courtly love in the medieval era
3.2 Men are described in a series of hyperbolic and extraordinary metaphors, some of which reference the era of knights and damsels (e.g. castellated towers and buttresses). Some of the metaphors are ridiculous subverting the romantic ideal e.g. performing seals.
3.3 The first person possessive pronoun 'my' is used frequently in relation to men, except at the end, when the narrator becomes a possession.
3.4 In the 3rd stanza the image confirms the theme of courtly love e.g. she is queen therefore remote and untouchable but in the final stanza after marriage the words suggest smallness e.g. she is a toy, so power she had as queen has gone.
4 Attitudes, themes and ideas
4.1 Courtly love is a central theme but is ultimately acknowledged as play which has to give way to serious reality of marriage.
4.2 There is an ironic tone to the poem as a whole, built by the fantastic imagery and hyperbole deflated in the final stanza by black humour.
4.3 overall this is a light hearted portrayal of the gap between expectations and reality.
5 Comparison
5.1 Medusa
5.2 Singh Song
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