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Carol Ann Duffy rose to fame in the UK after winning Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition (1983) for her poem ‘Whoever She was’. Carol Ann Duffy is the first female poet to be appointed to the position of poet laureate.

She wrote a poem after becoming poet laureate regarding a scandal faced by the British MPs expenses.

Her second poem was called ‘Last Post’ and it was used by BBC to commemorate the last two British soldiers to have fought in the First World War; namely Henry Allingham and Harry Patch.

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas 2009’ was her third poem in which she tackles various issues such as extinction of species, the conference held in Copenhagen regarding climate change, the crisis in the banking sector and the Afghanistan War.

Duffy’s poem ‘Achilles’ was written for the footballer David Beckham, after he could not participate in the FIFA world cup of 2010. The poem described the modern day celebrity culture as a ‘mythicisation’. She also gifted her poem ‘Rings’ to Prince William and Catherine Middleton for their wedding in 2011.

As a Playwright Duffy has written several plays including ‘Take My Husband’ (1982), ‘Cavern of Dreams’ (1984), ‘Little Women, Big Boys’ (1986), ‘Loss’ (1986) and ‘Casanova’ (2007). She has also written poetry for children such as ‘Meeting Midnight’ (1999) and ‘The Oldest Girl in the World’ (2000). Her recent children’s’ books also include ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ (2006), ‘The Tear Thief’ (2007) and ‘The Princess Blankets’ (2009).

Her collection of poems titled ‘Standing Female Nude’ published in 1985 received the ‘Scottish Arts Council Award’. ‘Selling Manhattan’ (1987) won the ‘Somerset Maugham Award’ and ‘Mean Time’ published in 1993 was awarded the ‘Whitbread Poetry Award’. ‘Rapture’, her 2005 offering got the ‘T.S Elliot Prize’. Her poems deal with many social issues like gender, violence and tyranny.

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Poetry – Spotlight – I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose – A poem by Emily Dickinson

I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a nineteenth century American poet. She was an intensely private person; and, published only a handful of short poems in her lifetime.

After her death, her sister discovered nearly two thousand poems hidden in her bedroom.

Many of Emily Dickinson’s poems are short meditations that reflect her individual thoughts and moods.

Frequently within her works there is a sadness and sense of solace; however, in I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose she speaks of the wondrous nature and beauty of the every day rising and setting of the sun.

Poem Attribution © Emily Dickinson, I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose

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Painting Attribution © Elena Ivanova, Sunrise, (Date Unstated)

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Music Attribution © Song, I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose (Inspired By Dickinson), Voice: Michael Slattery, Piano: Craig Urquhart

Video Attribution  Craig Urquhart

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I’ll Tell You how the Sun Rose by Emily Dickinson

I’ll tell you how the Sun rose – 
A Ribbon at a time – 
The Steeples swam in Amethyst – 
The news, like Squirrels, ran – 
The Hills untied their Bonnets – 
The Bobolinks – begun –
Then I said softly to myself –
“That must have been the Sun”!
But how he set – I know not –
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while – 
Till when they reached the other side – 
A Dominie in Gray – 
Put gently up the evening Bars – 
And led the flock away –

Reference Attribution © Allie Esiri, A Poem for Every Winter Day, MacMillan

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Spotlight Poetry – Poem of the day by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

The First World War ended on November 11th. 1918.

This date is now known as Armistice Day.

Over 16 million people died in battle or were civilian casualties of the war.

John McCrae was a Canadian doctor. He served as as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the war.

The poem was published in 1915, and its immediate success led to it being quoted in propaganda as part of the war effort. The reference, in the poem, to the red poppies of Flanders has led to the the symbolic significance of the wearing of poppies on Remembrance Day each year.

John McCrae died of pneumonia during combat action in 1918, just eight months before the war ended.

Poem Attribution © John McCrae, In Flanders Fields, (Published -1915)

Source Attribution A Poem For Every Day Of The Year, Mac Millan UK

Image Attribution © Robert Alexander, In Flanders Fields, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight – Poetry and Poet of the day

It Might Have Been

We will be what we could be. Do not say,
“It might have been, had not or that, or this.”
No fate can keep us from the chosen way;
He only might who is.

We will do what we could do. Do not dream
Chance leaves a hero, all uncrowned to grieve.
I hold, all men are greatly what they seem;
He does who could achieve.

We will climb where we could climb. Tell me not
Of adverse storms that kept thee from the height.
What eagle ever missed the peak he sought?
He always climbs who might.

I do not like the phrase, “It might have been!”
It lacks all force, and life’s best truths perverts:
For I believe we have, and reach, and win,
Whatever our deserts.

Thank you for sharing your time with me.

Have a wonderful and peaceful day.

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Spotlight Christina Rossetti

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