- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (2 Feb. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141025123
- ISBN-13: 978-0141025124
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Selected Poems Paperback – 2 Feb 2006
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The poems are tender, elegiac and consummately skilled. Worth buying for ‘Prayer’ alone.
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
Even in the early poems it is clear that Ms. Duffy is a master of her craft. A poem such as “War Photographer” reveals this, even if what it has to say is scarcely original, nor its communication subtle. There is probably a common perception that the majority of her poems are dark and earnest, but this is to ignore the wit and sometimes exuberant sense of fun, that she brings to much of her poetry. “Valentine” may offer us a rather sour view of the realities of relationships, which are scarcely seen as joyful or nourishing, but she does so with a rich inventiveness that we can enjoy even if we question the cynicism that colours not only the media portrayal of courtship rituals, but love itself – within cutting distance of the knife, “lethal”.
Later a marvellous sense of incongruity raises more than a smile in such poems as the enormously enjoyable “Mrs Midas”. This is one of a series of poems, featuring the wives of famous men, all with feminist sentiments at the heart of them, but richly diverse in other respects. Even the title “Mrs Midas” is funny.Read more ›
“ 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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great buy with annotations inside. Some misspellings but really great. Aust have for A Level revision.Published on 30 May 2015 by Kathryn James
This book is absolutely excellent - the poems within it are thought provoking, sometimes sad and sometimes funny. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2014 by Shakira Mason
When buying a second hand book at it says excellent condition you don't expect to have lots of pen annotations all over it...Published on 15 Jan. 2014 by Ollie Camp