Voyant Links AnalysisPosted: December 8, 2011
Candace, Chelsea, Danny, Joe, Martin
Voyant Links Analysis of Carol Ann Duffy Poems
After putting in just the physical body parts, we also attempted to add the connection to love. Before using Links, we as a group anticipated a greater connection between love and the physcial body in The World’s Wife than in Mean Time. After fiddling around with the tool for while, we drew mixed conclusions. While Mean Time, did not show a connection between body parts and love, The World’s Wife showed that love was directly connected with head, eyes, face, and breast. Furthermore, love was centrally placed between all the words.
Links would be a more useful tool if it could combine plural terms with its singular counterpart. It would also be more effective if it could incorporate words that are used to describe a concept— an idea not as tangible as words in the poem. For example, in World’s Wife Duffy describes women and men with drastically different diction. When describing the females in her poems she calls them “Tough as fuck, Beautiful, Rich, Wonderful, Drop-dead gorgeous, Bad girls, Serious ladies, The captive beautiful, Less-loving one, Self-contained, absorbed, content, Like the best of men…but twice as virtuous as them (68), Belles/ of the balls. Queens of the Smoke, Ballbrakers…Prickteasers, Dressed to kill, Swaggering”.