‘Hour’ by Carol Ann Duffy is about the rush offeelings one gets when they spend time with the one they love.
The poem therefore elucidates the impressionthat being with your love done, even if it is only for a little while, is to becherished and valued. It also brings out the idea that time is not onlyprecious in a relationship, but also a hurdle to the two lovers.Hour is written in the form of a Shakespearian sonnet, therefore only has onestanza.
Sonnets are usually about love and this poem is no different, as ittells of love and how much it depends on time. Time being portrayed as love’senemy is not an unusual theme, when it comes to poetry, which might be thereason Duffy chose it in this poem. Time is also the poem’s key factor, whichis not so suprising, given the fact that the title is Hour.Duffy also never mentions or does not give any hints as towhat the gender of the narrator of the poem, neither their loved one. She couldhave done that due to her being a lesbian, or so that people can relate to itmore, no matter their sexual orientaton.Throughout the poem shecompares how different emotional and physical wealth are.
For me, the poem wasabout showing people that spending time with the one you love can make youricher than anything physically valuable ever could, because nothing else inthe world can give you the feeling of having everything just like love does. We can clearly see fromthe first line that Duffy does not hold back and says that time is love’s enemyright at the beginning. The poem then continues with an enjambment, which Duffyuses a number of times throughout the poem, using to allow her ideas to go onwithout being limited by lines. It emphasizes the importance of the point she makes,every time she uses it.”Time slows, for here weare millionaires, backanding the night”, this suggests that the time that wespend with our love done is not for nothing.
Spending time with the one we lovematters and makes us rich. Duffy circumambulates around the whole idea ofwealth and being wealthy because of love many times and uses the wording andthe structure of the poem to emphasize how valuable love is.”So nothing dark will endour shining hour” – the narrator clearly is not interested in anythinginterfiering with her/him and his/her partner’s relationship. The tenth line had meconfused for a bit, since cuckoo spit is not exactly something we praise as asymbol of love, but that was only until I read the following line, whichexplains the use of cuckoo spit being thought of so highly only because it isclose to the person the narrator is in love with.Using the phrase “nochandelier or spotlight see you better lit” suggests that whatever expensive,spoiled, unnatural thing could never compare to the partner, only here, lightis used to prove the narrator’s feelings.