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1

what does Deryn Rees-Jones suggest about the patriarchy and how Duffy presents it?

Duffy shows 'the difficulty the patriarchy presents to both men and women'

2

What does Bernard O'Keeffe state about Duffy and otherness?

'Duffy's concern with the duplicitous nature of language is matched by concern for the way language can alienate, creating a sense of otherness and distance'- links to LGBT+ context, as Duffy is a lesbian and the first LGBT poet laureate she wants to give voice to the plight of disadvantaged others

3

What does Eavan Boland argue about Larkin and Duffy?

'Duffy takes Larkin's tone and inscribes it on the life of a contemporary woman'

4

What does Michael Woods argue about the way in which Duffy presents time?

'Duffy's poems explore how time is inevitably cruel and takes things away from us'- mean time link- all about time and passing of time, nostalgia etc

5

What does Jody Allen-Randolph argue about how Duffy presents the tragic view of life and how it compares to Larkin?

'Duffy shares Larkin's tragic view of life'- Havisham? Mean Time? Litany? Confession? Room? First Love? everything comes to an end, time is a destructive implacable force

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what does Eavan Boland argue about Duffy's presentation of women?

'challenges and alters power relationships by making women both the subject and object of love poems'- small female skull etc?

7

key Duffy context

themes include representation of reality; the construction of the self; gender issues; contemporary culture; and many different forms of alienation, oppression and social inequality. Links to O'Keeffe's argument that Duffy uses language to avoid alienation of others- evident by lack of gender pronouns?
She writes in everyday, conversational language, making her poems appear deceptively simple

8

What may link Duffy to Larkin besides a 'tragic view' of life perceived by Jody Allen-Randolph?

dry humour and nostalgia

9

When does Duffy become Britain's first female poet laureate?

2009

10

What does a Telegraph writer state that may mean Duffy is idolised by some feminist critics?

After 350 years of male dominance, the new royal poet is a Glaswegian lesbian […] Ten years ago she was passed over, but now her time has come.
(William Langley, Telegraph, 2 May 2009)
Therefore highlights a time of change and transition for women

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key context for Duffy

first female British poet laureate
LGBT+ (lesbian)
from Glasgow
poetry explores time as a destructive force, the expression of self, contemporary issues in society like religion, social hierarchy and plight of disadvantaged others, being LGBT+ (lack of gender pronouns)