The Bees

The Bees

Book - 2013
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The Bees is Duffy's clearest affirmation yet of her belief in the poem as "secular prayer," as the means by which we remind ourselves of what is most worthy of our attention and concern, our passion and our praise. Woven into and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Diffy's subject; sometimes it strays into the poem or hovers at its edge--and the reader soon begins to anticipate its appearance.
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2013.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780865478855
Branch Call Number: 811.54 DUF
Characteristics: 84 p. ; 22 cm.


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Davidamartin Sep 26, 2013

Carol Ann Duffy, in crafting the many poems on various aspects of life the poet has maintained an awareness of bees. At times they are the object or foil of the poem and at others they simply make appearances. This collection is in many ways a celebration of the insect we all rely on for the pollination of fruiting trees and vegetative plants. Written in a time where the ecology of Earth is fragile enough (due to Human pollutants) to threaten the very existence of bees and thus our own food supply makes this an important work for our time. We should expect nothing less from any Poet Laureate.


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