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Carol Ann Duffy. Poet Laureate. Background. Born in Glasgow Raised in England Poet Laureate (appointed 2009) Public poetry. Style. Everyday language Appeals to students “Entry level?”
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Carol Ann Duffy Poet Laureate
Background • Born in Glasgow • Raised in England • Poet Laureate (appointed 2009) • Public poetry
Style • Everyday language • Appeals to students • “Entry level?” • “I'm not interested, as a poet, in words like 'plash' - Seamus Heaney words, interesting words. I like to use simple words but in a complicated way.”
Examples of her work • See handout • "You sat on your desk,/ swinging your legs, reading a poem by Yeats/ to the bored girls, except my heart stumbled and blushed/ as it fell in love with the words and I saw the tree/ in the scratched old desk under my hands, heard the bird in the oak outside scribble itself on the air."