The Bees (Paperback)
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Published: 21/09/2017
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‘Swooningly glorious’ The Times

‘Indisputably her best volume’ Sunday Times

The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy’s first collection of poems as Poet Laureate. In it she uses her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems of political anger; there are elegies, too, for beloved friends, and – most movingly – the poet’s own mother.

Woven and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy’s subject, sometimes it strays into the poem, or hovers at its edge. In the end, Duffy’s point is clear: the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect. The Bees, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished poets.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509852925
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 126 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Beautiful and moving poetry for the real world - Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

Wonderful . . . a poet alert to every sound and shape of language - Sunday Telegraph

Duffy is magnificent, grounded, heartfelt, dedicated to the notion that poetry can give us the music of life itself - Scotsman

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“Fantastic in places”

I found this collection a bit of a bumpy ride if I'm honest. References to "bees" are not surprisingly dispersed through the book and there is a poem "The Bees" which opens the collection -... More

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“The Bees”

This anthology, The Bees, challenges, provokes and combines occasional wit and whimsy, from a contemporary poet with acute observational skills.
Each poem, like the bee, nature’s pollinator, leaves its mark with each... More

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“A good introduction to poetry”

I'm not usually a poetry fan, but i very much enjoyed this book. A good introduction to poetry, each poetry has its own distinct rhythm, changing between some easy-to-read poems, and others that make you want to... More

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