Carol Ann Duffy

Poet for Our Times

  • Jane Dowson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jane Dowson
    Pages 1-45
  3. Jane Dowson
    Pages 47-85
  4. Jane Dowson
    Pages 87-121
  5. Jane Dowson
    Pages 123-152
  6. Jane Dowson
    Pages 153-188
  7. Jane Dowson
    Pages 189-212
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 213-240

About this book


This is the only monograph to consider the entire thirty-year career, publications, and influence of Britain's first female poet laureate. It outlines her impact on trends in contemporary poetry and establishes what we mean by ‘Duffyesque’ concerns and techniques. Discussions of her writing and activities prove how she has championed the relevance of poetry to all areas of contemporary culture and to the life of every human being. Individual chapters discuss the lyrics of ‘love, loss, and longing’; the socially motivated poems about the 1980s; the female-centred volumes and poems; the relationship between poetry and public life; and poetry and childhood and written for children. The book should whet the appetite of readers who know little of Duffy’s work to find out more, while providing students and scholars with an in-depth analysis of the poems in their contexts. It draws on a wide range of critical works and includes an extensive list of further reading.


poetry contemporary feminism twentieth-century twenty-first century poet laureate women culture British Scottish lyric Thatcherism public poetry children's poetry

Authors and affiliations

  • Jane Dowson
    • 1
  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUnited Kingdom

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