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The World's Wife: Poems por Carol Ann Duffy
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The World's Wife: Poems (original 1999; edição 2001)

por Carol Ann Duffy (Autor)

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This unique collection of poems from the Poet Laureate, filled with her characteristic wit, is a feminist classic and a modern take on age-old mythology.Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk.The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t'adore.Behind every famous man is a great woman - and from the quick-tongued Mrs Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen Kong to the long-suffering wife of the Devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart's shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection. Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, The World's Wife is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best.… (mais)
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Título:The World's Wife: Poems
Autores:Carol Ann Duffy (Autor)
Informação:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2001), Edition: First Edition, 96 pages
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The World's Wife por Carol Ann Duffy (1999)

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Funny, clever, subversive; bears reading again and again. ( )
  Katrana | Oct 13, 2021 |
Short poems, but working together as a book, not just a collection. Some amazing descriptions and moments when the language is like a horse that Duffy is making show-jump. ( )
  Lukerik | Jul 13, 2021 |
Over-all this collection was a slight disappointment. It opens excellently with a poem dense with imagery, a radical re-imagining of the Red Riding-hood story, a complex and thought-provoking piece. Then nothing else in the book matches it, which is unfortunate, since the concept is so good.

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  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
I LOVE this book! I love all the poems and the meanings behind every one of them. I love how she took the wives of these high, important men, and gave a story from their perspective. I do believe that at times it seems a little extreme with how much Carol Ann Duffy tried to make women seem almost superior to men (she did it A LOT). Other than the poems with that happening, I liked all the rest. If you like twisted poetry, I recommend this to you! ( )
  Vanessah_Baker | Sep 7, 2017 |
"Words, words were truly alive on the tongue, in the head,
warm, beating, frantic, winged; music and blood.
"

Within every [great- infamous- legendary- mythic] tale of a man is a woman with an equally important story to tell. These poems are Her stories.

From Beauty choosing the Beast because of his repugnant exterior to an overprotective Queen Herod to Mrs Sisyphus suffering a fool for a husband to a middle-aged Mrs Rip Van Winkle and her husband armed with Viagra -- each poem subverts well-known tales with its unique perspective, real or imagined.

I'd recommend this collection to anyone who wants to read poetry but often feels too intimidated to do so. Especially if that person has an interest in the feminist slant on myths, legends, fairy tales, pop culture, etc.

4 stars

"Mrs Midas"
I couldn't believe my ears:
how he'd had a wish. Look, we all have wishes; granted.
But who has wishes granted? Him. Do you know about gold?
It feeds no one; aurum, soft, nontarnishable; slakes
no thirst. He tried to light a cigarette; I gazed, entranced,
as the blue flame played on its luteous stem. At least,
I said, you'll be able to give up smoking for good.


"Mrs Beast"
But behind each player stood a line of ghosts
unable to win. Eve. Ashputtel. Marilyn Monroe.
Rapunzel slashing wildly at her hair.
Bessie Smith unloved and down and out.
Bluebeard's wives, Henry VIII's, Snow White
cursing the day she left the seven dwarfs, Diana,
Princess of Wales...
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  flying_monkeys | Feb 14, 2017 |
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This unique collection of poems from the Poet Laureate, filled with her characteristic wit, is a feminist classic and a modern take on age-old mythology.Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk.The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t'adore.Behind every famous man is a great woman - and from the quick-tongued Mrs Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen Kong to the long-suffering wife of the Devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart's shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection. Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, The World's Wife is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best.

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