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What is Mrs Midas by Carol Ann Duffy about?

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01/29/2009

first the background: midas was granted any wish by the god dionysus, and midas asked foreverything he touched to be turned into gold...the wish was granted. Mrs midas is about the consequences of midas's actions and how they have affected his wife mrs midas, thus the poem is in a female perspective of midas's insolence and selfishness; all the things he could have wished for but he wished to have the gold touch. it begins with a slow transaction, from setting the scene of calm and serenity (because of mrs midas's ignorance to her husband's stupidity) and then her reaction when she finds out. She describes the loss, of what her husband and she have missed out on..having a child, warmth and love...he has missed out on simple pleasures we take for granted...food, drink, sex. Duffy is trying to convey the female perspective in all the poem's in the world's wife, a perspective never told, she saterizes men's lust for material things and she contrasts this with female needs like the simple 'touch'. first the background: midas was granted any wish by the god dionysus, and midas asked foreverything he touched to be turned into gold...the wish was granted. Mrs midas is about the consequences of midas's actions and how they have affected his wife mrs midas, thus the poem is in a female perspective of midas's insolence and selfishness; all the things he could have wished for but he wished to have the gold touch. it begins with a slow transaction, from setting the scene of calm and serenity (because of mrs midas's ignorance to her husband's stupidity) and then her reaction when she finds out. She describes the loss, of what her husband and she have missed out on..having a child, warmth and love...he has missed out on simple pleasures we take for granted...food, drink, sex. Duffy is trying to convey the female perspective in all the poem's in the world's wife, a perspective never told, she saterizes men's lust for material things and she contrasts this with female needs like the simple 'touch'.