FLC186, Democratic Art: The Non-Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Sean Gabb, 10th September 2009


What makes Carol Ann Duffy so popular is the knowledge that anyone else might have written her works. Writing in her style needs nothing more than a word processor with the spelling checker turned on. Her nationality, sex and possible sexuality aside, she is the ideal poet for an age that calls itself democratic – and, in a debased sense, probably is.

via FLC186, Democratic Art: The Non-Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Sean Gabb, 10th September 2009.

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6 responses to “FLC186, Democratic Art: The Non-Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Sean Gabb, 10th September 2009

  1. Agree entirely about CAD, the non-poet. It may interest you all to know that even intelligent British teenagers find her writing largely pointless and incomprehensible, and that’s the kind end of the opinions. They of course are forced to “learn to respond to” the “poetry clusters” in the “Anthology”, a collection varying in small detail between “examination boards”, and functionally defined by the Department of Education or whatever it’s currently called.

  2. I question who she is actually popular with.

    Does anyone actually read her poetry for pleasure?

  3. British high-school students certainly read it under sharp duress. It features in every “modern poetry cluster” which they have the option of studying (and they must study at least one.) So she is “popular” with “educationists” and also those GramscoStaliNazis which set the English “syllabuses” for the exam boards.

    The stuff is astonishingly-pretentious twaddle, combined with portentiously-phrased and vapid shite. There: now you know.

  4. Well, i looked at a picture of her and immediately thought that she looked like an embittered ugly dyke. Turns out that sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.

    No wonder the ‘educationalists’ like her.

  5. You should read “Havisham”. It’s a classic of hers, highly priased for its literary depth and for its enlightened feminism….

  6. Oh dear, i just read that filthy ‘poem’.

    Embittered, ugly dyke. What else is there to say?