I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine: Poems for Young Feminists

I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine: Poems for Young Feminists

Carol Ann Duffy / Nov 18, 2019

I Wouldn t Thank You for a Valentine Poems for Young Feminists Alice Walker and Maya Angelou are just two of the women poets in this collection of feminist poetry for young readers

  • Title: I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine: Poems for Young Feminists
  • Author: Carol Ann Duffy
  • ISBN: 9780613052009
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Alice Walker and Maya Angelou are just two of the 80 women poets in this collection of feminist poetry for young readers.

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    About "Carol Ann Duffy"

      • Carol Ann Duffy

        Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, FRSL is a Scottish poet and playwright She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain s Poet Laureate in May 2009.She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position.Her collections include Standing Female Nude 1985 , winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award Selling Manhattan 1987 , which won a Somerset Maugham Award Mean Time 1993 , which won the Whitbread Poetry Award and Rapture 2005 , winner of the T S Eliot Prize Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence, in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools.


    525 Comments

    1. I would describe the collection as a little outdated for kids today, although there were three poems that I enjoyed. One classic, "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou, I enjoyed "Space-Age Lover" by Jennifer Brice and last, "A Woman's Work" by Dorothy Nimmo. However, looking at it as a whole, I was pleased to see a large representation of different cultures, Asian, Native American, European, etc.


    2. Picked this up at the library because I didn't understand the title. Honestly, a lot of the poems seemed unnecessarily bitter, including the title one (I would love a valentine!) and the gruesome one about "Look Ma, no hands!"The one I really liked was "Lullaby", by Rosemary Norman, a baby telling her mother to go to sleep. I also liked "To the Spider in the Crevice Behind the Toilet Door" by Janet Sutherland, odd but enchanting. "Vestment" by Ana Blandiana was interesting to think about (her bo [...]


    3. This collection of poems felt outdated and disjointed in its organization, and I doubt that it would find much purchase with today's feminist teens. It may have, however, found more resonance with readers when it was originally published in the mid-1990s.


    4. The only aspect I resist about this collection is the illustration, not because the artist isn't wonderful, but because, for me, the formatting of the book took away from its significance.


    5. An alright collection of diverse poems by and about women and their lives. Had some highlights, but the lack of a Sandra Cisneros poem was a glaring omission to me.


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