Rapture, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Carol Ann Duffy's seventh collection is a book-length love poem, and a moving act of personal testimony; but what sets these poems apart is Duffy's refusal to simplify the contradictions and transformations of love -- infatuation, longing, passion, commitment, rancour, separation and grief.

Instead, Rapture is a map of real love, in all its churning complexity, showing us that a song can be made of even the most painful episodes in our lives.

These are poems that will find deep rhymes in the experience of most readers and will, ultimately, prove that poetry can and should speak for us all. 'It isn't often that I pick up a book of poems and read it straight through like a novel, but that is exactly what happened with Rapture.

Read this book if you are in love, out of love or waiting for it to come along' Daisy Goodwin, Mail on Sunday 'Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time, and Rapture is essential reading for the broken-hearted of all ages' Rose Tremain, Books of the Year, Guardian


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780330433914

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You wouldn't think love poetry could be original, but this is. It feels fresh and modern.

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As in modern sculpture, carftmanship is despised, modern sculpture is often nothing more than coarse, un-worked materials on a pile, lacking design, composition, structure, or embellishment, likewise, in modern poetry, anything goes. Thus, aspiring for beauty is obviously 'old hat'.According to the blurb Rapture "is a map of real love". In Love poems that "real love" consisted mostly in adultery. In Rapture love is quite banal.The poems have a rythmic quality and song-like repetitiveness. They are pleasant to read, but one assumes there might be 13 to a dozen.There are probably plenty of people who like this type of down-to-earth poetry, which may explain why Carol Ann Duffy is Poet Laureate.

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Lovely. My favourite is "Art". So many of them are beautiful, though. One of my favourite lines of poetry is from "Hours": "Time hates love, wants love poor,/but love spins gold, gold, gold from straw."

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