Monday, 10 October 2011
The Bliss of Solitude: Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Anne Duffy is our poet laureate whose words are direct and easily read. She believes that poetry is a unique way of relating to the world and "the place in language where we are most human".
For her the reader must invest as much in a poem as the writer and as such that poetry is akin to prayer.
"I like to use simple words but in a complicated way" she says, and that she does:
Barley, water, peat
weather, landscape, history
malted, swallowed neat.
I like that last one almost as much as I like whisky.
It made me want to like her; that and the fact that this is one of favourite poems:
There was a young man from Australia
Who painted his arse like a dahlia
Tuppence a smell
Went down very well
But thruppence a lick was a failure