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Selected Poems [Paperback]

Carol Ann Duffy
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2 Feb 2006 Selected Poems

This Selected Poems contains poetry chosen by Carol Ann Duffy from her first four acclaimed volumes, Standing Female Nude, Selling Manhattan, The Other Country and Mean Time (winner of the Whitbread Poetry Award), as well as six poems from the later The World's Wife:

'In the world of British poetry, Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar. Highbrow and lowbrow, readers love her' The Guardian

'Carol Ann Duffy is a very, very bright, appealing, clever, ingenious, approachable and ... heartwarming writer. She's a Good Thing, capital G, capital T, one of the poets I most enjoy reading' Andrew Motion



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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (2 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141025123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141025124
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,796 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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Poet, playwright and freelance writer Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955, grew up in Staffordshire, and studied philosophy at Liverpool University. She is a former editor of the poetry magazine Ambit and is a regular reviewer and broadcaster. She moved from London to Manchester in 1996 and began to lecture in poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has won many awards in recognition of her work, including the Whitbread Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Signal Prize and the Forward Prize for Poetry. She was awarded an OBE in 1995, a CBE in 2001 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entirely accessible 5 Dec 2009
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
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These are excepts from four other volumes of poetry as well as six poems from The World's Wife. I particularly liked the latter, with particularly amusing viewpoints from Mrs Midas, and Mrs Aesop. I also particularly liked two poems from the collection "Selling Manhattan:" "Miles Away," - about missing someone - and "The Virgin Punishing the Infant:" - about the difficulties of being the mother of God when he was a baby. I also liked "Moments of Grace" from "Mean Time," about experiences that make life worth living. This is the first volume of poetry I have read right through and enjoyed for a very long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be positive 9 Oct 2009
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Looking at the last review I suppose its hard to believe this work as credible.

This is a person who writes from heart, belief & experience.

It is clever, incisive, witty, incredibly funny, poignant, dark and so much more.

It displays method as much as content.

From Mrs Darwen to the Onion. Education to Leisure gives a gritty account of an individuals pain.
I want to learn all areas not just 1.

But this is a great place to start
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius at work 29 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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Carol Ann Duffy is blessed with the rare gift of describing people and things as they really are, from the inside. Here, you will see people you know, in situations you have been in. Every word is precisely right, in the most satisfying way imaginable. She is not only thematically, but also technically, brilliant. Her poems have new levels which appear with every re-reading. I will never tire of reading this book. Do yourself a favour and buy a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great poetry!! 22 Jun 2009
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Carol Ann Duffy, the first woman poet laureate, explores many different themes in this selection of poems from childhood memories to relationships.
Her poems are accessible and entertaining and yet she is touching, sensitive and witty.
Joyce Akesson, author of Love's Thrilling Dimensions
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Talent 16 May 2009
By Paul D
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Ms Duffy has recently been appointed Poet Laureate, the first women so honoured. This collection goes a long way to explaining why. Her subject is herself and, through a deep examination of her experiences, thoughts, and feelings, she come to an understanding of what it is to be human, of the impact of memory on all our lives. For her experiences are transmuted by talent into something at once unique and universal, a genuine voice for those who have no voice.

Anyone who doubts the worth of poetry in the modern world should explore Ms Duffy's work without hesitation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Today we have a poet in the class," 7 July 2014
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Carol Ann Duffy is the Poet Laureate – a first for any female poet. She is a true original, then, regardless of the huge list of male poets who have come before her. Her work is like her, truly original. It is grounded, sound in every sense, while also being sinewy, unexpected, and often tenderly beautiful.

“ Poetry, above all,” says Duffy, “Is a series of intense moments - its power is not in narrative. I'm not dealing with facts, I'm dealing with emotion.” Nevertheless, she does use narrative, in, for instance her controversial series of feminist poems about the wives of various famous men. Some men who can’t see the joke still reserve a right to be dismissive. Poor things. One of the poems in this collection particularly struck me as indicative of the range and reach of Duffy’s talents and skill. Originally is a poem of universal narrative, proving that poetry can sometimes reach much further than merely aesthetics.

Originally

We came from our own country in a red room
which fell through the fields, our mother singing
our father’s name to the turn of the wheels.
My brothers cried, one of them bawling Home,
Home, as the miles rushed back to the city,
the street, the house, the vacant rooms
where we didn’t live any more. I stared
at the eyes of a blind toy, holding its paw.

All childhood is an emigration. Some are slow,
leaving you standing, resigned, up an avenue
where no one you know stays. Others are sudden.
Your accent wrong. Corners which seem familiar
leading to unimagined pebble-dashed estates, big boys
eating worms and shouting words you don’t understand.
My parents’ anxiety stirred like a loose tooth
in my head. I want our own country, I said.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The book is brilliant buts it condition is not 15 Jan 2014
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When buying a second hand book at it says excellent condition you don't expect to have lots of pen annotations all over it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 23 Sep 2013
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My daughter needed the books for an exam that she was sitting - she said she thoroughly enjoyed the poems.
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