Answering Back: Living poets reply to the poetry of the past

Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy (ed)


'Poetry, the poets here teach us, is language as life; not only a baton-like passing-on of tradition but a way of making the human immortal. With all their joys, jokes, passions, protests, loves and losses, the poems here prove that it is not only silence that poetry answers back'. 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, Vicki Feaver and U. A. Fanthorpe, for example, engage with classic works by poets such as 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". First published 2008.

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This collection of poetry, edited by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy,  is based on a really great concept – there’s something wonderful about the feeling of worlds colliding and time melting away in this dialogue between poets new and old. Enjoyable for seasoned poetry readers as well as for anyone who’s ever felt like they’d like to get into poetry but isn’t sure how to go about it – this gives a selection of both the classics and the works of poets writing today.
- Greer, The Book Grocer 

General Fields

  • : 9780330448246
  • : picador
  • : picador
  • : 0.205
  • : September 2008
  • : 1.7 Centimeters X 13.2 Centimeters X 19.2 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Carol Ann Duffy (ed)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 160