Collected Poems

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Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold and original voice in British poetry since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985. Since then she has won every major poetry prize in the United Kingdom and sold over one million copies of her books around the world. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

Her first Collected Poems includes all of the poems from her nine acclaimed volumes of adult poetry - from Standing Female Nude to Ritual Lighting (2014) - as well as her much-loved Christmas poems, which celebrate aspects of Christmas: from the charity of King Wenceslas to the famous truce between the Allies and the Germans in the trenches in 1914.

Endlessly varied, wonderfully inventive, and emotionally powerful, the poems in this book showcase Duffy's full poetic range: there are poems written in celebration and in protest; public poems and deeply personal ones; poems that are funny, sexy, heartbroken, wise. Taken together they affirm her belief that 'poetry is the music of being human'.

Collected Poems is both the perfect single-volume introduction for new readers and a glorious opportunity for old friends to celebrate thirty years' work by one of the country's greatest literary talents. It confirms indisputably that 'Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time' (Rose Tremain, Guardian).

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
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
The World's Wife
The World's Wife
Feminine Gospels
Feminine Gospels
Rapture
Rapture
Mrs Scrooge
Mrs Scrooge
To the Moon
To the Moon
Answering Back
Answering Back
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand