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Answering Back

by Carol Ann Duffy

The subtitle of this anthology is 'Living poets reply to the poetry of the past'. It can be read either for the old favourites chosen by the living poet or for the living poet 'replies'. (I preferred the replies which complimented rather than diminished the ideas of the original.) If you have not read much modern poetry this is a very good place to start.

Extract

As I made my way down Palestine Street
I saw a cruise missile,
a slow and silver caravan
on its slow and silver mile,
and a beggar child turned up his face
and blessed it with a smile.

From: The Yellow Palm by Robert Minhinnick
Reply to: Refugee Blues by WH Auden

Parallels

King Driftwood by Robert Minhinnick
Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy
 

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