The World's Wife

The World's Wife

Carol Ann Duffy / Jun 18, 2019

The World s Wife Be terrified It s you I love perfect man Greek God my own but I know you ll go betray me strayfrom home So better by far for me if you were stone from Medusa Stunningly original and haunting the

  • Title: The World's Wife
  • Author: Carol Ann Duffy
  • ISBN: 9780571199952
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Be terrified It s you I love, perfect man, Greek God, my own but I know you ll go, betray me, strayfrom home.So better by far for me if you were stone from Medusa Stunningly original and haunting, the voices of Mrs Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil s Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collectioBe terrified It s you I love, perfect man, Greek God, my own but I know you ll go, betray me, strayfrom home.So better by far for me if you were stone from Medusa Stunningly original and haunting, the voices of Mrs Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil s Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collection of poems written from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, or girlfriends of famous and infamous male personages Carol Ann Duffy is a master at drawing on myth and history, then subverting them in a vivid and surprising way to create poems that have the pull of the past and the crack of the contemporary.

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      • Carol Ann Duffy

        Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, FRSL is a Scottish poet and playwright She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain s Poet Laureate in May 2009.She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position.Her collections include Standing Female Nude 1985 , winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award Selling Manhattan 1987 , which won a Somerset Maugham Award Mean Time 1993 , which won the Whitbread Poetry Award and Rapture 2005 , winner of the T S Eliot Prize Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence, in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools.


    1. "These myths going round, these legends, fairytales, I'll put them straight."While I was clearing out my wardrobe I was attacked by a falling lever-arch file and, after flicking through it, I found a copy of an A-Level essay that I wrote on this collection. I immediately went to my bookshelf and dug out my heavily annotated (Phrases such as "Satirises the traditional views of women to represent them as holders of power" and "Men's violence is faced and outdone" somehow look more intelligent when [...]

    2. This was the topic of my senior thesis (specifically the poem 'Medusa'), and also my most recent attempt at finding something revolutionary, interesting, or worthwhile in modern poetry. The dadaists and beat poets were intent on wresting poetry from the jaws of tradition. By popularizing poetry, they turned poetry into another pointless, populist act.By enshrining the 'personal experience' as the sole qualifier of poetic worth, they ensured that every hack poet will feel justified in sharing the [...]

    3. Author: Carol Ann DuffyPublished: 24/09/1999Okay so I read this book for my gcse english exam and I absolutely loved it! I very rarely give a five star rating but this one definately deserves it, it is packed full of incredible poems. It is a book that has become a firm favourite of mine and one that I could read a million times. When I read this book and had to disect it and find out exactly what the poem was meaning, it pretty much blew my mind! This book is full of the female version of myth' [...]

    4. These are fun, clever, sly poems, reimagining fairy tales, Bible stories (one of my favorites was "Queen Herod"), myths, legends and even true stories, but all from a female point of view and in contemporary language. Though I used the word 'fun,' a few really aren't. Some are too sad ("Mrs Quasimodo") or too touching ("Anne Hathaway") or too scathing ("Mrs Beast," the penultimate poem, states in no uncertain terms the reason for this collection) to be considered mere fun. And even the ones that [...]

    5. My favourite of her books.Incisive and uncompromising, this diverse series of vignettes contains women of all stripes, vibrant vessels for Duffy's kaleidoscope of reflections on relations between women and men, the roles and experiences of wives and lovers. Her protagonists are everything but passive, and Duffy takes every view but the easy and obvious.

    6. I first encountered a mention of this book of poems when Frieda Hughes selected five books of poetry on the Five site. While it is easily seen as a writing exercise, taking characters in literature, mythology, and pop culture and flip them on their ear by writing about their wives, the poet does it brilliantly. Some poems are sad (Mrs. Lazarus), some are triumphant (Little Red-Cap), and they vary in style and tone. So fun to read, highly recommended.

    7. I was so excited when I opened this most beautiful of books on Christmas morning. The entirety is so well presented, from its beautiful silver-foiled cover, to the fact that it comes complete with a contents page.The blurb of The World’s Wife is so enticing: ‘That saying? “Behind every famous man…?” From Mrs Midas to Queen Kong, from Elvis’ twin sister to Pygmalion’s bride, they’re all here, in The World’s Wife. Witty and thought-provoking, this tongue-in-cheek, no-holds-barred [...]

    8. I've read this book a few times because it's poetry that's fun while at the same time having a rich vein of truth running through it. What Carol Ann Duffy has done with The World's Wife is give voice to the unsung wives of famous husbands of history and literature. These wives have lived unappreciated and without credit in the shadows of their husbands until Duffy told their stories. Some of them we're familiar with--Eurydice, for instance, and Penelope. But it's the ones we've not given thought [...]

    9. There is only one thing I can say, a quote."I'm not the first or the lastTo stand on a hillock,Watching the man she marriedProve to the worldHe's a total, utter, absolute, Grade A pillock."

    10. I didn't love every single one of them but my favourites are for life. This is a certain re-read and must for all. I wish I could just read them out loud in the square of the world with Huge Speakers so that no one can say that these female perspectives haven't cross their mind at least once. Inventive, funny, insightful, personal and universal at the same time. That's how I would summarise The World's Wife.

    11. "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 t [...]

    12. I picked up a free copy of this in New Beacon Books – there was a stack of them left over from World Book Night earlier this year. It’s a collection of poems all on the same theme of overturning male-centred history, literature and myth, and looking at familiar stories from the neglected wife’s perspective. So, for example, we have Mrs Aesop tiring of her husband’s constant boring fables, and Delilah explaining why she cut off Samson’s hair (he’d complained to her that he didn’t kn [...]

    13. Back in 2012, I met Carol Ann Duffy in Manchester, after attending a poetry reading that her and a number of other poets read at, and then each taught a little class on how to write, read, and analyse poems. It was an amazing day. She read a few of the poems from this book and I was amazed. I went home and bought this and then when it arrived, put it on my bookshelf. There it sat for 2 whole years, until I picked it up tonight to read, and I really wish I hadn't left it so long!The poems are wit [...]

    14. If you thought rhyme was dead think again. This was enjoyable and funny and very sweet but I wish Duffy went further with it, the poems were witty but didn't feel like they caught fire like some other feminist poetry seems to do for me. This almost reads as genteel with occasional sex with beasts and elective lesbianism while awaiting voyaging husbands (which I'm not sure if I enjoy or resent). And so much more could have been done with Penelope's poem, just saying.It's a good start but I was le [...]

    15. These are Duffy's best poems, and she takes this one trick pony and turns it into a poetic calvary battalion. The trick is that each poem is based on either the wife of a historical or fictional character, or a woman from history. The voices she creates are so vivid, and her use of language is witty and hits like a hammer every time.My favorites are "Mrs. Lazarus", "Mrs. Quasimodo", "The Devil's Wife", "Penelope", "Eurydice" and "Medusa". Mind-blowing stuff that makes us casual poets feel comple [...]

    16. The idea of speaking for the women attached to the famous/infamous men is brilliant. Mrs. Icarus. Mrs. Aesop. Mrs. Sisyphus Funny at times, to see the other side of things. Euridice as bored to death with the poems of Orpheus?! There was a bitter note in many that I found unpleasant, though. I'd like to hear something other than that when women write about men. There's plenty of reasons for bitterness between the sexes, sure, I'm just tired of it.

    17. 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. THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT ' CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here:arbieroooklikes/post/77

    18. This collection, first published in 1999 was Carol Ann Duffy’s first themed collection. In these wonderful poems Carol Ann Duffy takes traditional stories, tales of historical figures and myths which traditionally focus on a male character or perspective. Turning these stories on their head then, we see them from the perspective of the invisible women behind those men.Full review: heavenali.wordpress/2015/

    19. I wanted to list my favourites of this collection, but I'd be listing the entire table of contents. I wanted to pull an impactful quote, but I'd be transcribing the whole book. Jeanette Winterson said it best in the introduction:[These poems] are written with such humour or poignancy, or insight or recognition, that we get the point, the many points, the points of view and the points of light.

    20. This is, almost inevitably, a very mixed bunch of poems. The premise is simple - to look at some key moments of history or mythology, and imagine the female viewpoint. And some are wonderfully insightful, some are laugh-out-loud funny, some are extremely clever and some are, frankly, less inspired. It really helps, I suppose, to have had the sort of classical education which knows exactly who Eurydice was and what she did, otherwise you spend more time Googling the references than enjoying the p [...]

    21. Behind most of the important men in the history of literature there must have been great women. There's Queen Herod, Pilate's Wife, Mrs Darwin, Queen Kong, etc. All of these women have their own story to tell. Carol Ann Duffy has written such beautiful poems about the women behind famous men. I loved the way she plays with words. She can mold them, so they express exactly what she wants to say and I think that's a rare gift. She has a beautiful style. The poems are strong, powerful and impressiv [...]

    22. I came to this collection with high expectations and enthusiasm, but it's a bit hit and miss, to be honest. Some of the poems certainly raise a smile (Mrs Darwin and Mrs Faust were two of my favourites); others are raw and painful. The voice of the deformed Mrs Quasimodo, rejected by her husband for the unattainable 'pin up gypsy/posing with the tourists in the square', drips with misery until she attains the ultimate revenge: 'A ladder. Heavy tools. A steady hand./And me, alone all night up the [...]

    23. Not only is the way these women - whether they're made up or historically accurate - sass and judge their husbands all kinds of amazing, this collection is pretty perfect on a formal level as well. Anne Hathaway talks in sonnet form, while the stories of the heroines of ancient Greek mythology and literature, such as Circe and Penelope, take on the form of longer, narrative poems. The relationship between form and content gives the poems in question the air of subtle parody, and at the same time [...]

    24. Full review at Smoke & Mirrors: books-n-music/201I would not have read this except that The Literary Wives online book club (see us on Facebook) selected it as our August 2014 read. I was fascinated by Duffy's very creative and intense use of words, but overall, this was certainly not a favorite read for me. I felt it to be a bit too crude and cruel/violent, for my liking. That aside, the poems are powerful and certainly made a very strong impression me. See the more comprehensive detailed r [...]

    25. This was a super quick read!This is a collection of poetry celebrating the great women behind the great men of the world. Some of the women are the wives of real men whereas others are the wives of men belonging to fiction and myth. I am not a huge fan of poetry so this was never going to be 5 stars for me! I found some of the poems to be humorous but for the most part poetry totally goes over my head!

    26. I'm not the first or the lastto stand on a hillock,watching the man she marriedprove to the worldhe's a total, utter, absolute, Grade A pillock. -Carol Ann Duffy Mrs Icarus It does say something when a book blows away the mind of someone who, by her own account, has no head for poetry. That is all.

    27. Amazing book. Most of my favorite poems ever are in this book. Anne Hathaway, Mrs. Tiresias and Mrs. Faust are amazing. Wonderfully funny, sharply witty and utterly unafraid of retaliation from the conservative right or overly liberal left.Literally the best book I've ever read in English class, made me wish I'd applied for English Lit at uni rather than anthropology!

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