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Tell Me the Truth About Love

Tell Me the Truth About Love

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy celebrates the tradition of love poetry, from first flush to final parting

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Profile of Carol Ann Duffy

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow and grew up in Stafford. She is currently Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her most recent collection of poems The Bees (2011) won the Costa Poetry Award. A selection of her Love Poems was published by Picador in 2010.


http://www.picador.com/Authors/Carol-Ann-Duffy

Meet the poets

Bernard O’Donoghue is a poet and Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford.  His most recent collection of poems, Farmers Cross (Faber), was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. 


http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/author/bernard-odonoghue



Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and film-maker. Her most recent collection of poems, The Terrorist at My Table is published by Bloodaxe.


http://imtiazdharker.com/



Jackie Kay is a Scottish-born poet and novelist. Her recent autobiography, Red Dust Road was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and her latest collection of poems, Fiere, is published by Picador.


http://www.picador.com/Authors/Jackie-Kay



Michael Symmons Roberts is an award-winning poet, novelist, broadcaster and librettist.  His latest collection of poems, Drysalter is published in April (Cape Poetry)


http://www.symmonsroberts.com/



Gillian Clarke is the National Poet of Wales.  Her most recent collection, Ice (Carcanet), was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.


http://gillianclarke.co.uk/home.htm



Sharon Olds is a leading American poet.  Her latest collection, Stag’s Leap (Cape Poetry) won the T S Eliot Prize.


http://www.sharonolds.net/



Adam O’Riordan is a Manchester-based poet. His latest collection of poems is called In The Flesh (Chatto and Windus)


http://www.adamoriordan.com/

The poems

‘Rondel on Merciles Beaute’ by Geoffrey Chaucer

http://www.bartleby.com/101/12.html

 

‘First Meeting’ by Christina Rossetti

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/poetrycompetition/article3312184.ece

 

Adrienne Rich reads from Twenty One Love Poems

https://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/adrienne-rich-reads-from-twenty-one-love-poems

 

‘When You Are Old’ by W B Yeats

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172055

 

Carol Ann Duffy reads some of her poems, including ‘You’ on the Poetry Archive

http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=11468

 

‘Upon Julia’s Clothes’ by Robert Herrick

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/176777

 

‘To His Mistress Going To Bed’ by John Donne

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/180683

 

‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173954

 

‘Wild Nights’ by Emily Dickinson

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19039

 

Sonnet 116 – ‘Let me not to the marriage of true minds’ by William Shakespeare

http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/116.html

 

The ‘oldest love poem in the world’ – from Sumeria

http://www.istanbularkeoloji.gov.tr/web/30-127-1-1/muze_-_en/collections/ancient_orient_museum_artifacts/the_oldest_love_poem

 

‘Bright Star’ by John Keats

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173733

 

‘John Anderson, my Jo’ by Robert Burns

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/robertburns/works/john_anderson_my_jo/

 

‘Lullaby’ by W H Auden

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15542

 

The Anglo-Saxon lyric ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wulf_and_Eadwacer

 

‘Ae Fond Kiss’ by Robert Burns

http://www.robertburns.org/works/358.shtml

 

‘The Voice’ by Thomas Hardy

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/184537

More about love poetry

Carol Ann Duffy brings together a collection of wedding vows written by some of our leading poets

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/apr/23/wedding-carol-ann-duffy-poetry


The Times list of ‘Love Poems Everyone Should Know’

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/poetrycompetition/article3312111.ece



Review of Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jan/18/guardian-book-club-love-poems-by-carol-ann-duffy

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