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The World's Wife: Poems

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Be terrified.

It's you I love,

perfect man,

Greek God, my own;

but I know you'll go,

betray me, stray

from home.

So better by far for

me if you were stone.

--from "Medusa"

Stunningly original and haunting, the voices of Mrs. Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil's Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collection of poems written from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, or girlfris of famous — and infamous — male personages. Carol Ann Duffy is a master at drawing on myth and history, then subverting them in a vivid and surprising way to create poems that have the pull of the past and the crack of the contemporary.

Carol Ann Duffy is the author or editor of several volumes of poetry, including two for children. She has received, among other honors, the Forward Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Lannan Award, and the E. M. Forster Prize for her work. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Duffy lives in Manchester, England, and is currently Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The haunting and unusual poems in The World's Wife assume the voices of, among many others, Mrs. Midas, Queen Kong, Delilah, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil's wife herself. Duffy's personae poems startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in a collection written entirely from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, and girlfriends of famous—and infamous—male personages. These pieces intelligently and engrossingly draw on myth and history, always subverting them in vivid and surprising ways. They have the pull of the past and the crack of the contemporary—and, as Kate Kellaway wrote in London's Observer, they "are at once accessible and brilliantly idiosyncratic and subtle."

"[Duffy] offers us the past as it could have been. . . . [Her] project recalls the poems of the Americans Ai and Pamela White Hadas, but the élan of this volume sets it apart, the characters (and poems) triumphant."The New Yorker

"Duffy is one of the freshest and bravest talents to emerge in British poetryany poetryfor years."Eavan Boland, The Independent on Sunday (London)

"These thirty poems vibrate with intense colloquialisms, physicality, energy, freshness, and cheek. . . . They leap off the page even in a silent reading. . . . The best are inventive, subversive, and written with great rhythmical and rhyming dash."Anthony Thwaite, The Sunday Telegraph (London)

Synopsis:

Be terrified.

It's you I love,

perfect man,

Greek God, my own;

but I know you'll go,

betray me, stray

from home.

So better by far for

me if you were stone.

--from "Medusa"

Stunningly original and haunting, the voices of Mrs. Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil's Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collection of poems written from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, or girlfris of famous — and infamous — male personages. Carol Ann Duffy is a master at drawing on myth and history, then subverting them in a vivid and surprising way to create poems that have the pull of the past and the crack of the contemporary.

Synopsis:

Be terrified.

It's you I love,

perfect man,

Greek God, my own;

but I know you'll go,

betray me, stray

from home.

So better by far for

me if you were stone.

--from "Medusa"

Stunningly original and haunting, the voices of Mrs. Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil's Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collection of poems written from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, or girlfris of famous — and infamous — male personages. Carol Ann Duffy is a master at drawing on myth and history, then subverting them in a vivid and surprising way to create poems that have the pull of the past and the crack of the contemporary.

About the Author

Carol Ann Duffy has published four highly praised collections of poetry. Her last, Mean Time, won the Forward Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. She lives in Manchester, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571199952
Author:
Duffy, Carol Ann
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 1892
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8 x 5.4 x 0.4 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Be terrified.

It's you I love,

perfect man,

Greek God, my own;

but I know you'll go,

betray me, stray

from home.

So better by far for

me if you were stone.

--from "Medusa"

Stunningly original and haunting, the voices of Mrs. Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil's Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collection of poems written from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, or girlfris of famous — and infamous — male personages. Carol Ann Duffy is a master at drawing on myth and history, then subverting them in a vivid and surprising way to create poems that have the pull of the past and the crack of the contemporary.

"Synopsis" by ,
Be terrified.

It's you I love,

perfect man,

Greek God, my own;

but I know you'll go,

betray me, stray

from home.

So better by far for

me if you were stone.

--from "Medusa"

Stunningly original and haunting, the voices of Mrs. Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil's Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collection of poems written from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, or girlfris of famous — and infamous — male personages. Carol Ann Duffy is a master at drawing on myth and history, then subverting them in a vivid and surprising way to create poems that have the pull of the past and the crack of the contemporary.

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