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About the poet

Carol Ann Duffy was born on December 23 1955, in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city.
Carol Ann was the eldest child, and had four brothers. She was brought up in Stafford, in
the north midlands, where her father was a local councillor, a parliamentary candidate for the

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wedding cake" she now wants to work out her revenge on a "male corpse" presumably
that of her lover.

The poem is written in four stanzas which are unrhymed. Many of the lines run on, and the
effect is like normal speech. The poet

uses many adjectives of colour "green",…


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