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Rapture Hardcover – 2005

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  • Hardcover: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330412809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330412803
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,284 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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'One of the most important, and rightly loved, poets of our time.' -- Independent

A passionate and beautiful new book-length love affair in verse.. -- Ruth Padel, Independent

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The T. S. Eliot Prize-winning collection from the Poet Laureate. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By LittleMoon VINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Who said the love poem is dead? Carol Ann Duffy's Rapture stands with shining silver defiance against any such assertion.

Starting with one of my all-time favourite poems, "You", Duffy writes "the thought of you stayed too late in my head/so I went to bed, dreaming you hard". The collection moves with quiet ease, showcasing Duffy's natural inclination to form and rhyme, through to the final line "a gift, the blush of memory".

The poems in this book are all love poems, although love is written about in all its various colours, from intense longing and the grief of separation, to love as a great redeeming power.

Duffy is so important as a figure in contemporary poetry, one of the few living poets who actually manages to sell books. Her poetry is very accessible for any reader, not just those interested in poetry, echoing her own belief that poetry should be able to speak for everybody.

This book makes a wonderful gift. The hardback is beautiful, it has a fairytale cover in silver and red, and even a red ribbon to use as a marker.

Rapture isn't just a book of poems, it's an experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 15 May 2012
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When I was first falling in love, we did this book at my bookclub. A friend lent me her copy - hardback, red, with a red ribbon to mark the pages. A beautiful book, a perfect present for any woman who loves words.

Anyway, as I said, I was falling in love and I stayed up all night, reading aloud to myself and crying. It was pure bliss!

Of course, at bookclub I drove them all mad, waxing lyrical about the book, reading whole poems aloud...
They indulged me, of course, partly because I was a woman in the first throes of love but mainly because they all loved Rapture too.

Three years later, I still read and sometimes weep, to River:

'Down by the river, under the trees, love waits for me
to walk from the journeying years of my time and arrive...'

'...and I feel love come to my arms and cover my mouth, feel
my soul swoop and ease itself into my skin, like a bird
threading a river. Then I can look love full in the face, see
who you are I have come this far to find, the love of my life.'

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98 of 108 people found the following review helpful By "queen_numpty" on 15 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I recently had the privilege of attending Carol Ann Duffy's poetry reading in Lancaster and was compelled to buy Rapture after hearing her read extracts from the book. I have yet to encounter another contemporary poet with such a flair for honesty when dealing with such a sentimentalised subject, chronicling every fleeting emotion associated with love and relationships. Carol Ann Duffy never fails to delight her readers with yet more witty, entertaining, and often heartbreaking words, and her symbiotic relationship with language and syntax remains present in each poem. This collection is worth every penny and I urge all fans of the poet and newcomers to her work to buy it now!
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Herman Norford on 22 Mar. 2008
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Rapture is Carol Ann Duffy's seventh collection of poems. It is a collection that has love as its underlying theme or unifying idea. The collection is made up of short lyrical poems in which Miss Duffy sets out to express and explore a range of emotions and ideas surrounding the notion of love. Given this narrow subject matter, the question at the back of my mind as I set out to read the collection was just how well will Miss Duffy maintain my interest?

Most of the poems are delivered by a first person narrator speaking to a second person, "you". Although it is not always clear who the second person is, nonetheless this approach gives the poems a personal and intimate feel. The intensity of feelings conveyed are even further heighten by, in some instances, setting them against the background of a river, a forest, rain, etc. In the poem River, the intensity of feelings is made real by the fact that the poet personifies the river leaving the reader with a clear image of just how tender love can be.

Almost as if harking back to the romantic era, in the poem Haworth Miss Duffy continues to draw on natural phonomena as a backdrop to her theme of love. Haworth presents a powerful way of recalling a love vanquished by death. The natural surroundings are full of reminders of lost love. But this is not just a lament for a lover passed on it is also a love song for and to nature.

One of the things these poems reminds us of is that although the person whom one has loved is no longer present, love continues. The reminders of what was once in place with all its impact is to be seen everywhere, for example, in places (Haworth), in time (Hour), in nature (Rain), and in the everyday things we take for granted (Swing). Love never really dies.
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In an epigraph to this astonishing collection of poems, Carol Ann Duffy quotes from Shakespeare's play, Two Gentleman of Verona: "Now no discourse, except it be of love;/ Now I can break my fast, dine, sup and sleep/ Upon the very naked name of love." This is an apposite quotation for the book feast upon the idea of love with a searching intensity, hitting the reader in the solar plexus by dint of that supreme poetical mix of thought, feeling and language - that makes poetry the most personal and emotive of art-forms.

Duffy's skill as poet is on full display in Rapture. Not only is she a master of the poet's craft in her command of assonance, alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, metaphor etc. but she is in full control of form, ensuring that the poems are accessible, without losing their heft, and that content and meaning are never lost. Perhaps this explains why Duffy's poetry has always been popular. She is able to explore complex subjects (and is there anything more complex than love?) without being overwrought. The music is in the words and like a painter who selects the right hue for their composition, Duffy uses the mot juste for the emotion or aspect of love she analyses. Whether concentrating on love's ecstasy or love's despair, the poet's gaze is never less than unwavering.

Kahlil Gibran once wrote that "poetry is a sigh that dries the tears". This collection will do that, especially those poems that deal with the grief, the rancour and heartache when love falls. Yet this is poetry that enchants as well, making the heart soar, poems that the ardent lover and/or any keen student of love will want to absorb, words radiating a depth of feeling and a poet's delight in language, as a thing of beauty.
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