Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is an award-winning Scottish poet known for writing love poems with a feminist edge that often are monologues. She was the UK Poet Laureate from 2009 until 2019 and was the first woman, the first Scottish-born poet, and the first known LGBTQ poet to hold the position.

To the Moon: An Anthology of Lunar Poems

“While editing ‘Answering Back,’ in which living poets replied to poems from the past, I was astonished to see how many of the poems, old and new, referred to the moon.

180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day

Inspired by Billy Collins’s poem-a-day program for American high schools that he began through the Library of Congress, the original Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry was a gathering of clear, contemporary poems aimed at a wide audience.


Carol Ann Duffy: 'A Celebration of Great Women Poets'

Four hundred years of male domination came to an end today with the election of Carol Ann Duffy as poet laureate. She speaks to Charlotte Higgins on accepting the role.

After 341 Years, British Poet Laureate Is a Woman

The writer Carol Ann Duffy was appointed Britain’s poet laureate on Friday, becoming the first woman to take a 341-year-old job that has been held by, among others, Dryden, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Cecil Day-Lewis and Ted Hughes.


Carol Ann Duffy Reads a Poem

Carol Ann Duffy recites Premonitions, a poem from her new collection The Bees.

Collected Poems

Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold and original voice in British poetry since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985. Since then she has won every major poetry prize in the United Kingdom and sold more than one million copies of her books around the world.

Carol Ann Duffy: How the Acclaimed Poet Has Found New Life After Laureateship

Today’s poet laureates have quite a job on their hands to resume normal life after they leave the spotlight.


This lovely sonnet is a prayer reminding us even the "faithless" can take comfort in the world's surprising beauty.

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Carol Ann Duffy, British Poet Laureate, March 3, 2015, Emory Libraries

The award-winning poet Carol Ann Duffy gave a poetry reading at Emory University on February 21, 2015. Duffy is the first woman and first openly gay poet to be named Britain’s Poet Laureate and a crucial figure in world poetry today.

1914: Poetry Remembers

To commemorate the First World War, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy asked modern poets to select a war poem and respond in verse. The resulting anthology contains familiar works by the great war poets as well as that of writers such as Akhmatova, Apollinaire and Trakl.


Billy Collins