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Feminine Gospels

Feminine Gospels

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duffy is an exquisite poet but even the best of them, as she is, produce anthologies that mix on responses garnered. How a person deals with the ever day situations in life helps to better understand a person as a whole. I’d never have picked this up if it weren’t for Jen Campbell talking about her poems so passionately in one of her videos. g. Feminism and the teacher’s dreams of escape in TLOSGH leading to the dreams in ADW, leading to wanting to be seen and making your dreams come true in WW, but again, all the poems felt too closely connected, especially those such as The Light Gatherer and Cord, Tall and Loud, and The Virgin’s Memo and Anon. In Feminine Gospels, Carol Ann Duffy draws on the historical, the archetypal, the biblical and the fantastical to create various visions – and revisions – of female identity.

All in all, pretty good, took a while to warm up to, and I'm unsure that I would have understood a lot of the poems if I hadn't been studying it in class. There is a tragedy written in “The Diet” that echoes that of the modern woman, and the final three lines of the poem “inside the Fat / Woman now, / trying to get out” helps the reader to truly examine how our world defines beauty. The dubious gift of beauty passes to Princess Diana, who obediently widens her eyes for the flashbulbs of the press. At no point is the reader given proper names to the women in “Beautiful,” a few times a man is named, but with a line like “Happy / Birthday to you. When these two poems are considered together, it allows the reader to begin to connect to the poetry.Her collections include Standing Female Nude (1985), winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award; Selling Manhattan (1987), which won a Somerset Maugham Award; Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Rapture (2005), winner of the T. The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the fifth volume of the Heartstopper series.

It was fine, there are some poems (A dreaming week, The Map-Woman, Sub) which I personally love, but overall as a collection I felt as if all of the themes, structures and general vibe of the poems were very similar throughout; It feels as if Duffy wanted to ensure that all of these poems linked perfectly but ended up making several very similar products. All of the situations considered in the poem are male dominated, but Duffy wants the reader to realize it is by intentional exclusion that women were not a part of these events.

It is one thing to examine celebrity and analyze it; it is very different when a poet begins to explain how that celebrity may effect the general population. Duffy is causing the reader to begin to question these very hard and true facts of everyday life in extraordinary circumstances and representations as a way of allowing the reader to become uncomfortable with themselves. This nod to the famous actress allows a recognition that demands the reader to go back and reassess the rest of the poem.

Duffy explores the female: from history (Elizabeth I to Marilyn Monroe) to the beauty of birth and raising a growing child, to some more erotic and sometimes personal poetry.Helen and Cleopatra elude us with a certain dignity - well, they are essentially myths - but in our latterday world, to be desired brings more danger than privilege and has precious little to do with magic. I found the poetry lay mainly in the asides: a teacher on a cold night, watching her own breath, a moment of loving abandon, an evocation of "The world like Quink outside". So much emphasis has been placed upon all of the senses, and the generational scope too is nothing short of masterful.

Feminine Gospels is very much an indictment on the modern world, and how women are still very much controlled. In 2021, she was awarded the international lifetime achievement award the Golden Wreath for her achievements in poetry. I have been a fan of Carol Ann Duffy’s for some years now; she is a wonderful poet, whose work always speaks to me.If I read a poem, it doesn't have to be immediately obvious to me what it's about, but I don't want to have to Google the poem to see what the hell is going on.

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