Carol Ann Duffy

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  • Carol Ann Duffy
    • Childhood
      • Born in Glasgow
      • Lots of poetry inspired by her childhood
      • ‘Childhood is like a long greenhouse where everything is growing, it’s lush and steamy. It’s where poems come from’
      • Not a privileged background
    • Poetry
      • Love poems that take the form of monologues
      • Never gender specific
      • Strong feminist edge
      • 'The World's Wife'
        • POV of wives of famous men from history
      • Known for her public performances
      • Sexual, romantic, maternal and daughterly love
    • Personal life
      • Seriously considered for poet Laureate in 1999
        • Tony Blair was worried about the reaction to a lesbian Poet Laureate
      • Poetry as poet Laureate was very topical
        • Eg. politics, sport and conflict
      • Uses siimple words, but in a complicated way
    • The Love Poem
      • There is nothing to say about love thsat hasn't already been said
      • In love with a person or with poetry?
      • Wants the love to be unique and special


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