Jubilee Lines, Hardback Book
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To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy brings together a dazzling array of contemporary poets (sixty in fact) to write about each of the sixty years of Her Majesty's reign.

An all star line up - which includes such celebrated writers as Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke, Wendy Cope, Geoffrey Hill, Jackie Kay, Michael Longley, Andrew Motion, Don Paterson and Jo Shapcott, alongside some of the newest young talent around - address a moment or event from their chosen year, be it of personal or political significance or both.

Through a series of specially commissioned poems, "Jubilee Lines" offers a unique portrayal of the country and times in which we have lived since 1953, culminating in an essential portrait of today: the way we speak, the way we chronicle, the way we love and fight, the way we honour and remember.

Brilliantly introduced by Carol Ann Duffy, "Jubilee Lines" is an unforgettable commemoration: not only a monarch's reign but of a way of life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Poetry
  • ISBN: 9780571277056

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I've been slightly disappointed by this anthology of poetry. Edited by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, it is published to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with each poet being given one year from the Queen's reign to commemorate in whatever way they chose, so the subject matters range widely from the birth of a child to political events. Not my normal sort of buy given that I am opposed to the monarchy but I heard three of the poems read on the radio and liked them all. But having read the whole anthology, unfortunately only one or two of the other poems grab me in quite the same way.

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