Is Carol Ann Duffy sexist?Watch this thread
For the record, femininism =/= female supremacy.
In answer to your question, I think she is indeed a sexist.
EDIT: Anyone fancy debating with me as opposed to just negging me?
Every teacher I've ever had complains about her, though. It's quite fun to get them into 'rant mode' about her. Whenever I have to analyze one of her poems, it's like she's right there, screaming into my face, "I HATE MEN!!!' Even when I came across that poem about WWI she wrote for Harry Patch's funeral, I could still hear her. 'Psst...isn't war such a horrific manifestation of evil? And, by evil, I mean men'.
Also, she is a crazy sexist.
Reading her "poetry" the one emotion that really grips me is a feeling of mourning for English poetry. English as a language has actually produced some truly phenomenal poetry over the past few years but Duffy is basically symptomatic of its effectively dumbed down, impotent, modern state. Both on a technical level (I've rarely heard her poetry described as "technical" tbf, she really has a poor grasp of metrics and technique compared to many just 50/60 years ago) and in terms of content and context.
It really is god awful stuff. Tell me, is this the language that so served Donne and Blake and Milton? It's also a joke that she is/was our poet laureate, wth? Compare her to some of the poetry one finds in Italian, Hindi, Arabic etc and truly balk.
Not at all a fan to be honest. I think its basically aimed at pseudo-intellectual teenage A level students (probably female?) thinking that they're expressive and edgy
She's also a very dull person when seen in the flesh. Give me Simon Armitage any day.
She's irritating. I can't stand her poetry either. She makes Andrew Motion sound like a genius.
my teacher loves her though
Take the poem 'Circe', for example. Its speaker is undoubtedly sexist and wants to take revenge on all men, whom she refers to as 'pigs'. I find Circe's attitudes repellent, but she speaks with such relish that as a persona she is oddly compelling. It's a clever and witty take on Greek mythology, but at no point does Duffy expect her readers to agree with Circe's feelings, and it becomes clear as the poem progresses that Circe is deeply unhinged. Her breezy, TV-chef voice begins to break down into pure rage and bitterness.
If anything, I read this poem as a warning against the kind of radical, man-hating feminism so often attributed to Duffy. Of course, an alternative reading is possible, but Duffy would not be the first poet to write a dramatic monologue in the voice of a very unpleasant speaker whose views are not the poet's own. For example, in the GCSE Anthology there are also two Robert Browning poems, 'My Last Duchess' and 'The Laboratory', in both of which the speaker is a murderer or would-be murderer. But no one reads these poems and claims that Browning was a murderer himself.
Just my two cents - feel free to disagree with me if you want.
In a nutshell it was 'I hate men, men are useless, women on the other hand are brilliant, enough said, I'm right.'
Also her skills as a poet are overrated in my opinion. 'Accessible'? Simplistic, more like. Some of her stuff is excellent but the majority is derivative. That may be why I don't agree with what she's saying either, it just isn't appealing to me.
Basically yes. But we're not allowed to say that, are we. :P I did multiple times point this out to my Lit teacher, though, and we had some discussions about sexism within feminism undermining the central facets leading to equality and respect. You don't give, you don't get. You apply stereotypes you go BY stereotypes, you are held to them.