It’s a long and distinguished list, and includes Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, John Dryden, William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson, John Masefield, Sir John Betjeman, and Ted Hughes. Until 2009, the poets who served as British poet laureates were all men.
And then came Carol Ann Duffy.
A Scot, Duffy is a poet, playwright, children’s author, and anthology editor. Her first collection was published in 1973. Some 10 collections later, she won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Rapture (2005).
Rapture is a remarkable collection of love poems documenting the rise and eventual fall of a love affair.
To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.