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'Choosing Tough Words': The Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy

by Angelica Michelis (Editor), Antony Rowland

Publisher: Manchester University Press
Pages: 208
Paperback
ISBN: 9780719063015






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Overview of 'Choosing Tough Words': The Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy

Like Philip Larkin in his day, Duffy is both a poet respected by many academics and teachers and widely read and enjoyed by children and adults. This collection of essays on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy approaches and explores her work from a variety of literary theoretical perspectives, including feminism, masculinity, national identity and post-structuralism. This anthology situates Duffy's poems in relation to debates about the state, value and social relevance of contemporary British poetry. Issues addressed include: why Duffy's poetry is so popular; the importance of national identity to her writing; whether Duffy's work is part of a feminist tradition of writing; and whether her work is anathema to men. Comprehensive, engaging and accessible, this text should be of value to scholars, teachers and students in the fields on contemporary poetry and critical studies.

Synopsis of 'Choosing Tough Words': The Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy

If the post of Poet Laureate was allocated on the basis of popularity, Carol Ann Duffy would have been the first woman to hold this prestigious post. Like Philip Larkin in his day, Duffy is both a poet respected by many academics and teachers, and widely read and enjoyed by children and adult readers of poetry. This is the first full-length collection of essays on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, approaching and exploring her work from a variety of literary theoretical perspectives, including feminism, masculinity, national identity, and post-structuralism. This lively anthology situates Duffy's poems in relation to current debates about the state, value and social relevance of contemporary British poetry.

About the Author, Angelica Michelis

Angelica Michelis is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Antony Rowland is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Salford.

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