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Love Poems [Hardcover]

Carol Ann Duffy
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1 Jan 2010
Whether writing of longing or adultery, seduction or simple homely acts of love, Carol Ann Duffy brings to her readers the truth of each experience. Her poetry speaks of tangled, heated passion; of erotic love; fierce and hungry love; unrequited love; and of the end of love. It recognizes too the way that love can make the everyday sacred. As with all her writing, these poems are alive to the sounds of modern life, but also attuned to – and rich with – the traditions of love poetry. Love Poems contains some of Carol Ann Duffy’s most popular poems. Always imaginative, heartfelt and direct, Duffy finds words for our experiences in love and out of love, and displays all the eloquence and skill that have made her one of the foremost poets of her time.


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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330512714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330512718
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2005, she won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Rapture. In 2009, she was appointed Poet Laureate.

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'A lovely present for someone in your life for Valentine's Day.'
--Western Morning News

`She reminds us that poetry is our greatest national art and can also be the most accessible.' --Cathy Galvin, Sunday Times magazine

`An exhilarating harvest of 34 poems reveals Duffy as a poet who covers the stormy waterfront of desire, devotion and despair. From distant yearning to wild new passion through absence, boredom and infidelity, to break-ups, grief and solitude, she commands every conjugation in the `syntax of love'. Versatile, restless, moving as adroitly between verse-forms as she does between the stages of affection, and disaffection, Duffy shows us `what it is like in words'. As always, she manages the rare feat of building on traditions, forebears, allusions while stirring and shaking the emotions with muscular, unpretentious force.' --Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

`The selection reminds us of her uncommon gift for accessibility coupled with profound artistry... The book showcases Duffy's breathtaking control of language and imagery... Duffy writes with a compelling mixture of bravura and tenderness... Mysterious yet accessible; both truthful and beautiful; this selection is a paean to the power of love and of language's ability to capture it.' --The Sunday Telegraph

`[Duffy's] work has an earthy directness that is paradoxically flat yet engaging.' --The Daily Mail

`Is love poetry really hot? The best love poetry - and here I'm thinking of something like Carol Ann Duffy's `Warming Her Pearls' - distils the heat of passion in condensed, burning words... Buy Love Poems and test them out for yourself.'
--The Scotsman

`Both looks and reads like the ideal Valentine's book. Clad in a decadently textured burgundy and black hardback cover, this selection includes poems taken from eight of Duffy's previous books. Every aspect of love is tackled from the unrequited to the extremely requited, and all with Duffy's lyrical, often witty style that makes her one of the most accessible contemporary poets.' --Bath Life

`Thirty-four exhilarating poems reveal Duffy as a poet who covers the stormy waterfront of desire, devotion and despair.'
--Belfast Telegraph

`You couldn't ask for a better introduction to our current Poet Laureate than this dazzling collection. Duffy's vision of love isn't soppy but her direct and imaginative way of describing being in love couldn't be more honest.' --Glamour magazine

`A portable guide to the modern romantic lyric' --New Statesman

'Mysterious yet accessible; both truthful and beautiful; this selection is a paean to the power of love and of language's ability to capture it.'
--Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2005, she won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Rapture. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Poems - brilliant 13 Mar 2010
By JAL
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book because I had read the poem Valentine and loved it. This book only has poems with the theme of love or relationships. It's brilliant, has lots of poems, and each poem has a different theme/emotion to it. It's hardback and the cover is great as well so it would make a good present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 16 Feb 2012
By A John TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is a compilation of some of the most popular love poetry of Carol Ann Duffy. It includes the wonderful "Warming her Pearls", "Mrs Lazarus", and "Hour". The poems are taken from Selling Manhattan, The Other Country, New Selected Poems, Mean Time, The World's Wife, Feminine Gospels, Rapture, and The Bees. If you are looking for a poem to write to a Valentine, then this would be a good choice. But this is a book both of love poems, and poems about the hurt which remains when love has left the building, leaving the shells of people behind, such as "Disgrace" or "Adultery".

It is a book worth getting. The poems are excellent, and you could spend hours chewing over the words and phrases in some of the poems.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Poet and an excellent service 28 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
After attending a reading by the author at The Royal Exchange in Manchester, you simply could not fail to fall in love with the Passion and humour contained within. Each poem was placed into its context and was delivered complete with everything the author intended. This not only inspires you to read more of her work, but helps you understand her very clever perspectives. Fabulous!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another addictive volume of verses/poems 15 Jan 2011
By Jay Rainbow VINE VOICE
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I love Carol Ann Duffy and was not disapointed in anyway with this collection of poems even though I already have most of them in other books its a lovely read to have them all together. If you enjoy her work and love to spend an hour relaxing witha volume then buy this book its not gushy love its real raw emotional love,
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful gift 6 Mar 2014
By sandika
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you love poetry this poet has contemporary poems to delight and you will not be disappointed with this little book
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5.0 out of 5 stars No problems 20 Feb 2014
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Quick dispatch, great quality. No damages on the item. I absolutely love this book, it contains one of my favorite poems, Valentine.
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