- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (3 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330486446
- ISBN-13: 978-0330486446
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.8 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Feminine Gospels Paperback – 3 Sep 2010
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'Dazzling... Duffy deserves to outsell most of the novelists on your shelf' Observer 'One of the most important, and rightly loved, poets of our time' Independent 'In the world of British poetry, Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar' Guardian 'Witty, penetrating and lucid... Duffy's ingenuity and virtuosity are fully on display' Evening Standard
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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 ›
Then I had to teach my poor, poor A Level Literature students this collection of self-absorbed, inaccessible, dull ridiculousness.
I felt so sorry for my students.
I would rather stab rusty nails into my eyes than read this again.
Do yourself a favour and do not waste several hours of your life in this depressingly bleak misery.
The Duffster should be ashamed
Feminine Gospels sees Duffy turn her uncompromising gaze on female identity, both in the modern world, and historically, using surrealism, fairytale and magic to breathe new life into familiar themes. The poems are exploratory, revisionist, playful, ironic, tender; celebrating, exposing and demythologising "woman".
Poems about women and everyday experience (work, history, the news, shopping) seem to characterise the beginning of this collection. "Beautiful" is a highlight; a longer poem that tells of (reclaims?) the beauty of Helen of Troy, Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana.
"The Diet" is also excellent, and sees a woman with "guns for hips" shrinking, dwindling away until:
She lived in a tear, swam
clear, moved south to a mouth, kipped in the chap
of a lip.
She continues her journey and Jonahesque is "gulped, swallowed, sent down the hatch/in a river of wine..."
The long (20 page) narrative poem "The Laughter of Stafford Girls' High" comes two-thirds of the way through the collection. Whilst I'm not convinced of it being her best poetry; it's a sharply observed piece: an eventful and slightly surreal take on schoolgirl life.Read more ›
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Very happy with the speed and quality of this product perfect for my A level studies and loved reading Carol Ann Duffys' work!!Published 8 months ago
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