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The World's Wife: Poems 1st Edition
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“[Duffy] offers us the past as it could have been. . . . [Her] project recalls the poems of the Americans Ai and Pamela White Hadas, but the élan of this volume sets it apart, the characters (and poems) triumphant.” ―The New Yorker
“Duffy is one of the freshest and bravest talents to emerge in British poetry--any poetry--for years.” ―Eavan Boland, The Independent on Sunday (London)
“These thirty poems vibrate with intense colloquialisms, physicality, energy, freshness, and cheek. . . . They leap off the page even in a silent reading. . . . The best are inventive, subversive, and written with great rhythmical and rhyming dash.” ―Anthony Thwaite, The Sunday Telegraph (London)
- Item Weight : 4 ounces
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 057119995X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0571199952
- Dimensions : 5.41 x 0.28 x 8.26 inches
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (April 9, 2001)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #193,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The World's Wife lets previously unheard women speak. Their voices are not always what readers expect from a lyric speaker, for how often is deep emotion examined through rhyming slang for tits, or the nicknames for a penis? Yet when Duffy calls a modern wife frustrated by her husband's discovery of Viagra "Mrs. Rip Van Winkle," or a contemporary-voiced woman whose husband works mindlessly and ceaselessly "Mrs. Sisyphus," Duffy reveals that their personal struggles are not theirs alone. Their troubles have resonance, and echo through history, literature and myth---even though in the past it may have been left unspoken.
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It's not only extremely funny in places, it's oddly touching in others, but it's such an interesting idea it deserves to be very very widely read indeed.