The World’s Wife (1999)

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The final book we will be discussing is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife (1999). On this page you will find questions and resources from Dr Jane Dowson (De Montfort University) to bear in mind as you read.

 

 

 

Web resources

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Take a look at ‘Carol Ann Duffy: The World’s Wife: A conversation recorded in Manchester 2005’, by Barry Wood. Read more about Carol Ann Duffy, including a critical perspective from Elizabeth Reilly on the British Council website. On the Poetry Archive, you can hear Carol Ann Duffy and other contemporary poets reading from their own work. The Scottish Poetry Library has a section which includes poems, further reading and commentary. A section of the Guardian website is regularly updated, and usually features the new laureate poems as...

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Everywomen in The World’s Wife

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In A History of Twentieth-Century British Women’s Poetry (2005) by Jane Dowson and Alice Entwistle, the authors argue that Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry “problematises the lines between literary and popular cultures”. Duffy’s poems are “full of animated voices telling their stories with a colloquialism which cuts across the demands of the verse form” (212). Dowson and Entwistle also argue that Duffy’s popular collection The World’s Wife (1999) supremely resurrects the silenced or marginalised … . As indicated in the title, her...

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Suggested further reading…

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If you liked this, you might also like… Carol Ann Duffy’s Feminine Gospels (Picador, 2002) and Rapture (Picador, 2005). Feminine Gospels continues to centre on the nature and roles of women, from poems on shopping to same-sex education. Rapture is a sequence of love poems that tells a story from courtship to the end of a relationship. Modern Women Poets, ed. Deryn Rees-Jones (Bloodaxe, 2005). This is an informative introduction to a number of twentieth-century and contemporary poets. Further Reading Brian Caraher, ‘Carol Ann Duffy,...

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Discussion Points

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‘Little Red-Cap’ (pp. 3-4). If the wolf represents the male poet ‘reading his verse out loud’ (line 7), how does Duffy rewrite the fairy tale to tell her story of developing her individual poetic voice? ‘Anne Hathaway’ (p. 30). How does the monologue connect the world of Shakespeare’s wife with the world of the contemporary reader? How would you describe her ideas of femininity and of partnership here? ‘Mrs Aesop’ (p. 19). Here the wife speaks back with humorous assertion: to what extent does her self-empowerment appeal to a...

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