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Salome – Titian

‘Salome’ Analysis

‘Salome’ is an angry poem. The constant repetition of the ‘ter’ sound at the end of most of the lines makes this energy relentless, creating uneasy half-rhymes that alert the poem’s audience to the speaker’s arguably deranged state of mind. These words that finish the lines often differ very slightly such as ‘better’ being followed by ‘butter’, and ‘blighter’ followed by ‘biter’. Not only is this possibly confusing for the reader, it increases the rhythm of the poem. The emotion is intense and unrelenting which this rhythm reflects and intensifies. These almost rhyming words give an impression of being disjointed, like how the speaker must people in relation to others and how the man’s head is now separated from his body. These sounds also build up to the unveiling of this brutal act. The effect of this is that the anger has a definite presence before the result of this anger is shown. This suspense is also created by the speaker mentioning subtle hints such as “colder than pewter” and “like a lamb to the slaughter”. The first is a fairly obvious hint but is overshadowed by the speaker’s forgetfulness concerning the man’s name. There is enjambment between the first, ‘Peter’ and the three others which shows that she really has no idea. Her single-worded statement, “Strange” may refer to the coldness, but also to the fact that he is a complete stranger to her. The man being a stranger further reflects the disjointedness of the speaker and the poem.

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