Written on: 21/08/2013 by Takayasu (1 review written)
I enjoy poetry and not just traditional poetry, so am open-minded about the genre it is written in. But, I was disappointed with Carol Ann Duffy's 'The World's Wife'. I thought it interesting how she had selected historical people or fairy tales or Biblical aspects. But, for me what Duffy has then done and how she has used them does not work. This may be controversial as poetry is according to the author - true. But, still to be successful surely the reader has to enjoy it, gain meaning... (read more)
Written on: 12/07/2013
Studying Duffy's The World's Wife at A Level, I have learnt how phenomenal she is as a poet, not only because her feminism is brave and ruthless but because her truth and grit is empowering. In none of her poems does Duffy shy away from confronting the male gender, but there is no problem with that and it should not be considered sexism. Females are constantly belittled and degraded by men but thanks to Duffy's power and strength, she can liberate women as well as inspiring them. Every... (read more)
Written on: 24/01/2011
Although her sexism towards men annoys me at times i enjoyed many of the poems Carol Ann Duffy has put together in this book! I LOVED "Mrs Darwin"- very funny and witty! (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2010
Hmm Cannot believe how people don't like Pope Joan. In fact this is my favourite poem out of the whole collection. Im sure youll have to be a woman to truly love it's significance and it's message.
Isnt it ironic how some men don't like the poem Pope Joan?
But overall any sex can enjoy any of the poems in the great collection. Lets stop being so harsh, she can write poems better than any of us can!
Written on: 01/06/2010
Absolutely horrendous. A terrible collection by a terrible poet who makes me angry just looking at the vile book. Though its not fair to suggest it is a complete attack on men, it is safe to say its pretty damn close. Deeper analysis may reveal a mixed view on the sexes but i deeply suggest you don't even bother. (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2010
A Review of "The World's Wife" by Carol Anne Duffy Adderson Hawdon The world's wife is an anthology of poems that subvert the meanings of stories throughout history bringing in female perspectives of male lead stories, or empowering the female protagonists to a much higher status. The anthology is very feminist with all women poems, all of them making choices and breaking away from the male dominant culture to create their own counter culture of strong females in order to break the... (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2010
I had previously disliked her work, but upon reading these poems I found that I liked her works very much. Some of the poems are a little slow to read, but others are very witty and take an interesting view on men of the world. My favourite poem was Mrs Aesop, a very witty and sexy poem which tells of the famous fable writers wife's view on his work. I recommend this book to anybody who likes her work, poetry and humourous light reading. (read more)
Written on: 01/03/2010
THATS ALL I CAN SAY.. WAYYYYYYYYYYYY TO EXPLICIT FOR GCSE/A LEVEL REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLY BIASED TOWARDS MALES !! SPITEFUL WOMAN WITH NOOOOOOOOOOOO TALENT ... (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2009 by Janet Lewison (43 reviews written)
Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife explores the finitude and silences of romantic love narratives. The Collection's glittering monologues testify to the pathos and irony of 'enduring' affection, particularly marital affection, which historically and culturally have dispossessed women of their identity and speech. The reader's journey through Duffy's World's Wife is witty, uncomfortable and liberating. And then finally, just when we have become acclimatised to a 'worldly' acceptance of... (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2009
The World's Wife by Carol Ann Duffy focuses on important socio-political issues of the 1950's and is engaging, moving and witty. Not many authors would consider giving the important women in a man's life a voice when in fact, they could have been the brains behind the actions! However, are we still living in the 1950's? and should there be some form of masculine/male dominated movement.? After all, there is some sexism towards men. (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2009 by leach1991
Many have touched upon the concept that Duffy's messages are somewhat obvious and condescending in their simplicity- however, this is the pinaccle of the antithesis! I find it refreshing to read poetry freed from pretentious double-sided enigmas and ambiguity, and instead to read a poem for what it is, and to form judgements from a straightforward, non-subjective narrative. Duffy chooses to communicate with her audience instead of attempting to baffle them with mysterious references and... (read more)
Written on: 11/03/2009 by callumbarlow
This book (The World's Wife) is certainly to be avoided. It's constant battle and disparaging terms towards men are not only unpleasent to read, they also border on sexism. (read more)
Written on: 26/01/2009 by Sam J Quigley (1 review written)
I am studying The World#s wife by Carol Ann Duffy for A level at the moment and i really like the witty humor and the distasteful "slagging off" of men and I'm male which makes it odd i suppose. People are asking if the is derogatory to men which i reply to as "depends on how insecure you are" it is disrespectful to men in some parts but its disrespect is matched by its humor because i find them rather funny. If you enjoy a light read, as most of the poems are a maximum of 2 pages long, and... (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2008
Delightful and different, with provocative half-rhymes. However, if you are not a fan of poetry, this book would appeal to you equally: the humor and slight distortion of reality and myth alike set in a conversational, colloquial tone render the poetry equivalent to Calvin and hobbes-esque humor. Subtle, yet satisfying. The feminist message is present but never too extreme: instead it focuses on providing perspective, which is often more important than pushing for political and social... (read more)
Written on: 08/09/2008 by Janet Lewison (43 reviews written)
'The World's Wife' raises the dead and the silent - historical and mythic all female charcters find the words and the voices with which to revise the familiar. These new dramatic monologues give birth to refreshing and at times disturbing versions of 'realities'. Carol Ann Duffy is fascinated by resurrrection in many forms: linguistic, sexual, spiritual.
Oddly enough, these monologues are also love stories. Love may have gone wrong, may have become compromised, but tenderness lingers, even... (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2008
I would disagree with the reading that many have taken from Carol Ann Duffy's work that it is excessive or extremist feminism. Anne Hathaway, for one, stands out from the collection as overwhelmingly positive in its depiction of Shakespeare, even submissive to his authority. Some of the apparently negative views of men presented in poems such as Queen Herod or the domination of the female sex as presented in Salome are condemned by association with their voice as an amoral or deranged... (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2008
I definately enjoyed studying it, despite the strong sexist and feminist views (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2008 by Dutchcourage (7 reviews written)
Ms Duffy appears to live an intellectual bubble the size of a small cupboard in which the non-existent quintessence of femininity is the single most precious thing in the entire universe; which must at all costs be protected from hedonistic behemoths called "men". The only exceptions to this appear to be William Shakespeare (See the only good poem in the book, Anne Hathaway) and the corporeal incarnation of the almighty (See the typically depressing poem Pilate's Wife) - which literally... (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2008
Carol Ann Duffy, The World's Wife is awful. Like an apple that has sat, ugly and squat, in the fruit bowl since last july, Carol's poetry will leave a disgraceful taste in your mouth. Not only this, much like the withered fruit in the analogy, the poetry seems to attract stunted, blood-sucking weevils; (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2008 by gibbonjake7
The Worlds Wife poems are inventive, complexed and overall expressing of the females to the strong males powers in history and myths, I love reading them and they create visual images in ones mind. (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2008
The fact that this book gives women voices says it all, i am studying this book and think that Duffy is extremely talented, creating pieces of poetry with meanings and laughter.
Written on: 19/02/2008
I am currently studying The Worlds Wife at A level Literature. I also studied Duffy at GCSE level and adored her poems. The book is comical and gives a voice to women who were not heard, however, at some times it can be too over powering with feministic views. Some of the poems drag on, but overall, a good read. (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2008
I loved this book that i am studying for my a levels, the comments that she makes I don't think are too much, i believe they are enough to make people laugh, and she uses the language she does for a reason.
I think it is great that the voices of unheard women are finally coming out.
Brilliant. (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2008
I found this book to be extremely good. I was astounded to find that there were actually poems with the iridescent pages of the covers. I nearly came to fruition when i read Mrs. Darwin as it is an excellent portrayal of the male gender. As there is not a particularly evident evolution from our days as monkeys. Women have always been the leading gender and long may feminism rule over our land, I LOVE CAROL ANN DUFFY!!!!!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2008 by mystiquelol (1 review written)
I am currently studying these poems for a-level and the first one we did was Frau Freud - what a way to start!
I am finding it delightfully exhilarating and so incredibly rich and vivid, and her choice of words are just perfect. (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2007 by ilikeit
Carol Ann Duffy, The World's Wife is fairly flimsy and pages become detached easily. Paper use inside gets 'bitty' when rubbed. (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2007 by propersweeti00
I am a student studying worlds wife for A-level.
I absolutely love this book, the range of poems is amazing, the poems are very humorous and easy to read and understand, and its not feminist, everything she makes men out to be is true!
I love her poems and I think she is an amazing writer. (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2007 by sjg6488 (1 review written)
Overall Carol Ann Duffy, The World's Wife collection is a gambit of human experience. As much as it relates most closely to women its points about humanity resonate for both sexes. The brutality and the touching sentiment of people are fused. The fall of innocence is sublimely illustrated while Duffy, seemingly without political malice or great vitriol, paints a portrait of women, not as dominant, but equal. In my opinion The World's Wife is a text that balances the scales between the sexes... (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2007 by mali00
Stay well away from Carol Ann Duffy! In trying to gain recognition she tries pathetically to be controversial. For someone who has a degree in philosophy she lacks real intelligence and depth. (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2007 by Solitude (3 reviews written)
A lot of fuss has been made of Duffy's 'The world's wife'. Is it too sexually explicit to teach teenagers at A level? Is it sexist against men? Is Duffy really as bad as the poems make out?
I think people asking these questions are missing the point, they seem to have completely failed to see that it doesn't matter because her work is awful.
Verses and stanzas are arranged pretentiously, enjambment is milked dry, full stops and punctuation are like oasis's in a desert in this collection.... (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2007 by therise (1 review written)
Everyone seems to accept this attrocity with the justification that it is a feminist work. People need to pick up the dictionary and find out what feminism means. It is the aim of attaining equal status to men. Insulting men and trying to degrade them is sexist, not feminist. In fact this collection is an insult to English literature. There is no skill to Duffy's work, she is a talentless poet who is desperately using controversy to obtain recognition. It pains me to see the noble and... (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2007 by Scaryclairey (1 review written)
I love the variety of poems, from sharp, witty one-liners to pages of eloquent, almost prose-like stanzas. Duffy portrays stereotypical views on feminism in interesting and insightful ways, and I hope to read much more of her brilliant work. (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2006 by Acatia (3 reviews written)
Some people would call this too feministic, but to me we have here the perfect representation of a variety of women; the oppressed, the loveless, the angry, the downtrodden, the intelligent, the amusing and the hard done by.
I started studying Carol Ann Duffy's poems in 2005 for my GCSE literature paper, reading such poems as Education for Leisure (a personal favourite) and Elvis' Twin Sister. I fell in love with her style at once! My teacher suggested that I read the World's Wife and I was... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2006 by hayley89 (1 review written)
I love Carol Ann Duffy's poems. I would recommend The World's Wife to anyone it's full of humour and gives people a better understanding of the word feminism. I love this collection (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2006 by Daedra66 (1 review written)
Don't buy Carol Ann Duffy, The World's Wife. If you get it as a gift, shoot the giver, take it back and burn down the book store. What she writes can often be extreme and insulting. In almost all of her poems she assumes the worst of men, portraying possibly the most horrible of stereotypes. Her poems are often frankly disgusting, including various referneces to bestiality and only a single reference to sex as something other than a traumatic experience.
Thank you for you time. I hope I... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2006 by koolkat123uk (1 review written)
Carol Ann Duffy displays with immense wit her feminism in this collection 'The Worlds Wife'. I really enjoyed reading her interpretations of the many biblical, mythological and folk tales she has used because I think her ideas are worthwhile to read. Yes, they are at times far-fetched, but overall an excellent read and really fun to get this controversial view of these famous stories. However, definitely have some background knowledge of the stories her poems are based on before reading... (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2005 by gemz
I absolutely love Carol Ann Duffy's collection in The Worlds Wife. I especially loved the poems "Mrs Beast", "Frau Freud", "Devil's Wife" and "Medusa". I really admire how the poet speaks her mind within the wives of mythological, fictional, factual and biblical characters, and the feminism is so strong that I love it. It is good to read female poets who write like Carol Ann Duffy does. There are not a lot of poets like Carol Ann Duffy, and that's why I love the collection so much.
However,... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2005 by nimi
I truly loved Carol Ann Duffy, The World's Wife because it was very realistic. And for all of those people who say it is feminist I also feel it is anti-femenist in the sense that the traditional view of feminism is being condemed. You do not need to act like a man (Kray Sisters) to be a feminist. It is important to be a womanly feminist. It also puts much emphasis on women sticking together in its tone. For example, Frau Freud begins "Ladies" which is showing the poem is directly being... (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2005 by samina (1 review written)
I am reading Carol Ann Duffy, The World's Wife for my A level - Lively and full of witty comments and humour Duffy brings out the voice of women in myth, however it can be too unrealistic, sometimes I can feel sick with the dirty comments and feel that the poet is too extreme. (read more)
Written on: 02/06/2004 by rimpz (1 review written)
Carol Ann Duffy's collection, The World's Wife has a lot going for it, there's a lot of enlightening views and I particularly like the way in which Duffy has modernised traditional myths. Poems that I enjoyed most were Demeter, Mrs faust, Queen Kong and The Devils Wife. However...there is always a however and this is it. I'm sure most of those who have read it will agree with me that it's extreme to the point that is not even funny after a while. I'm sure we all love the odd gender joke but... (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2004 by kai11 (1 review written)
I think that The World's Wife collection by Carol Ann Duffy is quite good and we are doing it at the moment in my English Lit class. Her ideas might be a bit over the top but so often women have been seen as being inferior to men (even now in the 21st century) and have not gotten enough credit and I think Duffy just wants to involve the women and makes sure that their voice is heard. (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2004 by me and her
Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife is pants. We read it in english lit and i would not recomend it to my worst enemy!! especialy "pope joan"!! (read more)
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