Feminine Gospels Hardcover – 6 Sep 2002
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'In the world of British poetry, Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar' Guardian; 'Duffy's poems are at once accessible and brilliantly idiosyncratic and subtle' Observer
A luminous collection from one of contemporary poetry's brightest stars.See all Product Description
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It's an easy to read style despite the fact that I still expect poetry to rhyme! Her subjects encompass all female trials, tribulations and sufferings and indeed the human condition. I especially loved "The Diet" and "The Woman who shopped", which was so true to life and so close to home that I cringed at the words!
She really is a storyteller/chronicler of women of today and I can't believe I haven't discovered her before. I will now aim to read her other work while trying to not follow "the woman who shopped"!
As always, Carol Ann Duffy’s language is brilliantly structured, with rhymes cropping up unexpectedly and imagery that is both fresh and well chosen; this sets her work apart from much modern poetry, where the metaphors and similes are often original but try too hard to be smart, with the result that they are inapposite, conjuring up nothing other than confusion for the reader. In ‘A Dreaming Week’ the poem’s narrator is ‘dreaming/on the monocle of the moon/a sleeping S on the page of a bed/in the tome of a dim room.’ That scholastic imagery is palpably sharp, and the fact that the poet has achieved the lines’ musicality without making them seem either trite or dated bears testament to her skills.
The collection, focused (as the title suggests) on women, contains mostly very good poems, with a few great ones. ‘Beautiful’ is a moving history of strong women suffering in a male world, in which the leading character changes from Helen of Troy to Cleopatra, then to Marilyn Monroe, and finally to the less mourned-over Princess Diana, who ends the poem with ‘History’s stinking breath in her face.’ ‘The Diet’, about a woman who starves herself until she is size of an atom, ends with a marvellously literal take on the idea that inside every fat woman there’s a thin one trying to get out.
There are some weaker moments.Read more ›
The clue to what one may find in 'Feminine Gospels' is contained in the title - a collection of poems at once elegaic, profound, often funny, and always, ALWAYS touching. Here, fantasy blurs with harsh reality, humour with tragedy. Every aspect of every female condition is contained in this slim volume - from love to eating disorders, from shopping to contagious girlish giggling. Her shortest poems are little gems, her longest the most startling treasure trove. Whole lives are condensed into sentences.
Never laboured, always breathtaking, Duffy's multi-layered poetry excites the reader so much that one is compelled to re-read it again and again.
I haven't read poetry since school, but these are full of beautiful imagery, engaging characters and clever observations. I find myself feeling shocked and delighted as I read these, this confirmation that I am not alone in my discomfort with certain aspects of society.
My boyfriend, who often struggles to relate to the false portrayal of women in modern culture, also loves these, so it's not just for the vaginally-endowed among us!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used to like Duffy.
Then I had to teach my poor, poor A Level Literature students this collection of self-absorbed, inaccessible, dull ridiculousness. Read more
Product was ordered as pre-owned. Sadly a common problem with Amazon is that all cover variations are sold under one product, making it very difficult to tell what cover will be... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mrpwillis
One of Scotland great writers, a great little book recommend.Published 17 months ago by t macdonald