In a network of lines that enlace

20-something Londoner with a tendency toward book ranting.

Thoughtful, hilarious and heart-breaking

The World's Wife: Poems - Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy can use words like no other. In July last year I heard her read at Latitude festival; there’s just something incredible about hearing a poet voicing their work. She’s always had an ability to reach me though her poetry. I’m not usually a fan of verse, and find it hard to connect with. Rapture was the first collection of poetry to truly have meaning for me. She captures life in words

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This collection brilliantly imagines the feelings, words and circumstances of notable figure’s wives and famous women. It gives a voice to many never have one, such as Anne Hathaway. This is probably one of my favourites, picking up on largely debated meaning of Shakespeare’s will. I also liked the voice of ‘Mrs Beast,’ who pities those who marry a human prince. ‘Mrs Darwin’ is hilarious and to the point, and ‘Pope Joan’ is a stark expression gender inequality.

 

Although I personally prefer Rapture, this is a fantastic collection.

Currently reading

Dangerous Women
George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
Progress: 201/800 pages