Answering Back

Living poets reply to the poetry of the past

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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

About Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. She was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 2009. In 2011 The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize. She was made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

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Books by Carol Ann Duffy

Standing Female Nude
Standing Female Nude
Selling Manhattan
Selling Manhattan
The King of Christmas
The King of Christmas
Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Off The Shelf
Off The Shelf
The Skipping-Rope Snake
The Skipping-Rope Snake
Collected Poems
Collected Poems
The Wren-Boys
The Wren-Boys
Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday
Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday
Ritual Lighting
Ritual Lighting
Bethlehem
Bethlehem
Mean Time
Mean Time
101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy: A Laureate's Choice
101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy: A Laureate's Choice
Wenceslas
Wenceslas
The Other Country
The Other Country
The Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce
The Bees
The Bees
New Selected Poems
New Selected Poems
Another Night Before Christmas
Another Night Before Christmas
Love Poems
Love Poems
Rapture
Rapture
The World's Wife
The World's Wife
Feminine Gospels
Feminine Gospels
Mrs Scrooge
Mrs Scrooge
To the Moon
To the Moon
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand