Rapture Paperback – 1 Jan 2006
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'Whether in love or cursing its name, [Carol Ann Duffy's] stunning verse makes your heart soar... This book speaks to everyone about love - and will sweep you away.' --Easy Living
'heartbreakingly beautiful. It is immediately accessible and evocative. Somehow, Carol Ann Duffy finds words for my heart that I could never speak out.' --Daily Telegraph
The T. S. Eliot Prize-winning collection from the Poet Laureate.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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To me, this is just what love poetry should be. Showing us both the sides of what it is to fall in love with someone and to be loved by someone. It can raise you up and it can dash you back down again. Duffy has also recognised that love changes over the course of a relationship - the opening poem describes how a loved one comes into our life and changes it; they offer up themselves as a "touchable dream" to us, with all the possibilities that brings. There is also the exploration of how our actions can make us feel absurd, as we search for the "small xx" in a text message. And, of course, how even their name can take on a different meaning to us:- "When did your name / change from a proper noun / to a charm?"
What Duffy has created with RAPTURE is a book-length love poem. Regardless of where you may be in your personal love journey, there will be many poems that will speak to you within this gorgeous collection. If you love truly, and deeply, your heart will have been exposed to the potential of hurt, but also to the possibility of rapture. Here, Duffy shows us this.
This particular edition of RAPTURE is also worthy of mention.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Definitely an interesting read, would recommend to anyone and everyone!Published 6 months ago by Pav Kaur
Carol Ann Duffy is a spectacular poet. I studied her for my A levels in English Literature and this book is a beautiful collection of love poems...Published 8 months ago by Hannah25
The best poetry book you'll ever read. Not just a collection of poetry but a novel told in the first person in a series of poems exploring a character's changing emotionsduring the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. Joanne Nolan
I particularly like the way Duffy reworks the sonnet.Published 11 months ago by Ms. Alison D. Murphy