Answering Back: Living poets reply to the poetry of the past

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 4, 2008 - Poetry - 148 pages
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Carol Ann Duffy has invited fifty of her peers to choose and respond to a poem from the past. With up-and-coming poets alongside more established names, and original poems alongside the new works they have inspired – Paul Muldoon, Vickie Feaver and U. A. Fanthorpe, for example, engage with classic works by Philip Larkin, Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti – the result is a collection of voices that speak to one another across the centuries.

Teasing, subverting, arguing, echoing and – ultimately – illuminating, Answering Back is a vibrant, fascinating and timeless anthology, compiled by one of the nation’s favourite poets.

‘Intriguing . . . Entertaining and stimulating’ Good Book Guide

‘A starry game of call and answer across poetic generations’ FT Magazine

 

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Penned on public transport. To no-one in particular. Dear Carol Ann You are bland You may have guessed, I'm not a fan If an answer is an echo, or a shadow, Or a ghost, of what came first It's surely ... Read full review

Contents

ROBIN ROBERTSON IctUS
13
walt whitman The Beasts
26
louis macneice The Suicide
32
john donne from Holy Sonnets
38
p cavafy Ithaka
44
William carlos Williams Labrador
50
Elizabeth bishop Insomnia
56
liz lochhead Midwinter Song
63
Philip larkin Home Is So Sad
90
clare shaw The No Baby Poem
96
eugenio montale Lemons
102
anon Pangur Ban
106
PENELOPE SHUTTLE Grief X 2
112
MURIEL RUKEYSER Poem
118
ben jonson Echos Song
124
carol ann duffy Kipling
131

giacomo leopardi To the Moon
64
sextus propertius Cynthias Ghost
70
anna akhmatova The Last Toast
78
jane weir Im Trying to Make Gnocchi di Patate
84
Index of Titles
137
Contributors biographies
143
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Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. She grew up in Stafford and then attended the University of Liverpool, where she studied Philosophy. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Whitbread, T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes, the PEN Pinter Prize, and the E. M. Forster Prize in America. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009. Her collections include The World's Wife, Love Poems, Rapture and The Bees which won the Costa Poetry Award.

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