Answering Back

Answering Back: Living poets reply to the poetry of the past

Fiction & Poetry, Poetry
Paperback Published on: 03/10/2008
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Answering Back - In a Good Way!
This book reminded me of the scene in the History Boys when the teacher, Hector, is talking to Posner about poetry being like a friend stretching his hand ... READ MORE
Amy Pirt at Thanet


Carol Ann Duffy has invited fifty of her peers to choose and respond to a poem from the past. With up-and-coming poets alongside more established names, and original poems alongside the new works they have inspired - Paul Muldoon, Vickie Feaver and U. A. Fanthorpe, for example, engage with classic works by Philip Larkin, Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti - the result is a collection of voices that speak to one another across the centuries.

Teasing, subverting, arguing, echoing and - ultimately - illuminating, Answering Back is a vibrant, fascinating and timeless anthology, compiled by one of the nation's favourite poets.

'Intriguing . . . Entertaining and stimulating' Good Book Guide

'A starry game of call and answer across poetic generations' FT Magazine

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330448246
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 182g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 12 mm

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