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English Literature

Carol Ann Duffy: Quickdraw

Context

Carol Ann Duffy is the first female Poet Laureate (2009), and probably the best known female poet working in Britain today. She was born in 1955 in Glasgow. Duffy is well known for poems that give a voice to the dispossessed (people excluded from society); she encourages the reader to put themselves in the shoes of people they might normally dismiss.

Her poetry often engages with the grittier and more disturbing side of life, using black humour like a weapon to make social and political points. Her place on the GCSE syllabus caused controversy in 2008, when a complaint was made about the poem Education for Leisure; she responded with typical wit and intelligence with the poem Mrs Schofield's GCSE.

Quickdraw was published in the collection Rapture (2005) and explores the highs and lows of a romantic relationship. Quickdraw is at the midpoint of the collection, and offers both positive and negative views of a relationship.

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