Poet: Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy, CBE, FRSL (born 23 December 1955) is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's poet laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly gay person to hold the position. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence, in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools.

Works

Book:The Bees (Carol Ann Duffy)

The Bees

Carol Ann Duffy

The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy’s first collection of new poems as Poet Laureate, and the much-anticipated successor to the T. S. Eliot Prize-winning Rapture. After the intimate focus of the earlier book, The Bees finds Duffy using her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems to the weather, poems of political anger; her celebrated ‘Last Post’ (written for the last surviving soldiers to fight in the First World War) showed that powerful public poetry still has a central place in our culture. There are elegies, too, for beloved friends, and—most movingly—the poet’s own mother. As Duffy’s voice rises in this collection, her music intensifies, and every poem patterns itself into song.

Woven and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy’s subject, sometimes it strays into the poem, or hovers at its edge—and the reader soon begins to anticipate its appearance. In the end, Duffy’s point…[more]

Book:Rapture (Carol Ann Duffy)

Rapture

Carol Ann Duffy

The effortless virtuosity, drama, and humanity of Carol Ann Duffy’s verse have made her much-admired among contemporary poets. Her seventh collection is a book-length love-poem, and a moving act of personal testimony—but what sets these poems apart from other treatments of the subject is Duffy’s refusal to simplify the contradictions of love, and read its transformations—infatuation, longing, passion, commitment, rancor, separation, and grief—as either redemptive or destructive. This is a map of real love, in all its churning complexity, simultaneously direct and subtle, showing us that a song can be made of even the most painful episodes in our lives. With poems that will find deep resonance in the experience of most readers, it is a collection that can and does speak for us all.

Book:Mean Time

Mean Time

Carol Ann Duffy

Poems that dramatize scenes from childhood, adolescence and adult life. Whether personal or public, contemporary or historical, she discovers moments of consolation through love, memory and language. One of the most celebrated collections of poetry to appear in Britain in the ‘90s, Mean Time was awarded the Forward Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award for 1993.

Book:The Gift (Carol Ann Duffy)

The Gift

Carol Ann Duffy, Rob Ryan

The exceptional talents of Carol Ann Duffy and papercut artist Rob Ryan combine to present the story of a girl’s journey through life and the desires that shape it. With a kind of magic that is timeless, The Gift speaks to everyone who wonders about the mysteries that lie at the heart of the human experience. A unique gift book for all ages by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this lyrical text about life, love and art is accompanied by stunning papercut illustrations. The Gift portrays the cycle of life in a subtle, accessible way while exploring themes of birth, death, love and the importance of family and friends.

Book:Meeting Midnight

Meeting Midnight

Carol Ann Duffy

This is the author’s first collection of poems for younger children. It aims to demonstrate how poetry can be funny, sad, scary, exhilarating and full of relevance to the way we live—all at the same time!

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