Carol Ann Duffy was born in the Gorbals (Glasgow) on 23 December 1955, the first child of May (née Black) and Frank Duffy; May was Irish and Frank had Irish grandparents. They subsequently had four sons, and moved when Carol Ann was six to Stafford, where her father worked for English Electric and managed Stafford Rangers Football Club in his spare time. Duffy attended Roman Catholic primary and middle schools, and then Stafford Girls’ High. Her early passion for reading and writing was encouraged by two of her English teachers, and developed by the poet-artist Adrian Henri (one of a trio of Liverpool poets whose work was famously anthologised as ‘The Mersey Sound’ in 1967), with whom she lived from the age of 16 until 1982. She went to the University of Liverpool, and obtained a degree in Philosophy in 1977.
Carol Ann Duffy’s seventh collection is a book-length love poem, and a moving act of personal testimony; but what sets these poems apart is Duffy’s refusal to simplify the contradictions and transformations of love – infatuation, longing, passion, commitment, rancour, separation and grief. Instead, Rapture is a map of real love, in all its churning complexity, showing us that a song can be made of even the most painful episodes in our lives. These are poems that will find deep rhymes in the experience of most readers and will, ultimately, prove that poetry can and should speak for us all. I like poetry and try to read a poem here and there as often as possible but it’s relatively rare that I read a whole collection in one go. British poet Carol Ann Duffy’s collection Rapture was an exception that’s why I decided to write about it.
Carol Ann Duffy has been acclaimed as the first poet laureate for the whole family with her brilliant poems for children. New laureate Carol Ann - who edits our Poetry Corner column - has given us an exclusive preview of her latest work to share with Daily Mirror readers. These eight pieces, which explore schooldays and the mysteries of childhood, will be included in Carol Ann's latest collection of children's poems, to be published this coming autumn by Faber.
On December 23, 1955, Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Mary Black and Frank Duffy, both of Irish Catholic descent. Together with her four younger brothers, she was raised in Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England where her father worked as a fitter with English Electric. She received a degree in philosophy from Liverpool University in 1977. Her first job was writing for television shows, followed by a C. Day Lewis Fellowship to work as a writer-in-residence in East End schools of London from 1982 and 1984. Duffy's books of poetry include: New & Collected Poetry for Children (Faber and Faber, 2009); Rapture (Macmillan, 2006); Selected Poems (Penguin, 2004); Feminine Gospels (2002); and The World's Wife (2000), a collection of poetic retellings voiced by the wives of the famous and infamous.
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Themes: obsession, Ambition,priority social class difference humuiliation prejudice materialism arrogance sarcasm and humour Ways that creates the humour: Use of similes:(like an elderly leopard, like a fish, like a setter… etc.) It helps to understand the characters better by indirect characterization.
Introduction to Literature: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) Act One The play's story-- marriage, its manners and obstacles--is actually quite a common one in fiction (literature and best-sellers) and especially comedies. The characters' views of marriage are both a source of laughter and an issue for serious discussion.
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The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a short novel which takes place on Long Island during the Jazz Age and is commonly cited as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. [ edit ] Chapter 1 In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. " Whenever you feel like criticizing any one ," he told me, " just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. " Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.
The selection of poetry that you will be studying comes from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Here are the poems that you will look at: Thomas Hardy , ‘The Voice’ Allen Curnow ‘Time’ Mathew Arnold , ‘Dover Beach’ Adrienne Rich , ‘Amends’ Ted Hughes , ‘Full Moon and Little Frieda’ Gillian Clarke , ‘Lament’ John Keats , ‘The Grasshopper and The Cricket’ Vachel Lindsay , ‘The Flower-fed Buffaloes’ Boey Kim Cheng , ‘Report to Wordsworth’ John Clare , ‘First Love’ Dennis Scott , ‘Marrysong’ George Gordon Lord Byron , ‘So, We’ll Go No More A-Roving’ Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Sonnet 43 (‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!’) Edna St Vincent Millay , Sonnet 29 (‘Pity me not because the light of day’) The poems are linked by a number of themes: Love, Relationships, Nature, Conflict betweent Man and Nature, Memories. When writing about poetry you need to be able to comment on the following things: Subject Tone Imagery Form Feeling STUDY POWERPOINTS Sample Student Responses
Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1 Story) Honore de Balzac (1 Story) Ambrose Bierce (4 Stories) Paul Bowles (1 Story) Willa Cather (1 Story) Anton Pavlovich Checkhov (5 Stories) Stuart Cloete (1 Story) Richard Connell (1 Story) Roald Dahl (3 Stories) Richard Harding Davis (1 Story) Fielding Dawson (1 Story) Charles Dickens (2 Stories) Ambrose Flack (1 Story)
William Shakespeare Sonnets Sonnets are fourteen-line lyric poems, traditionally written in iambic pentameter - that is, in lines ten syllables long, with accents falling on every second syllable, as in: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?". Sonnets originated in Italy and were introduced to England during the Tudor period by Sir Thomas Wyatt. Shake-speare followed the more idiomatic rhyme scheme of sonnets that Sir Philip Sydney used in the first great Elizabethan sonnets cycle, Astrophel and Stella (these sonnets were published posthumously in 1591). Sonnets are formal poems and consist of 14 lines (3 quatrains and a couplet) Poems may be accessed by clicking the above Poems link for texts of the poems of William Shakespeare - Venus and Adonis, Rape of Lucrece, Lover's Complaint and Phoenix and the Turtle
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