Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to cover royal nuptials

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy April 19th, 2011 by Siobhan.McGuirk

Carol Ann Duffy, the first woman and first openly gay person to hold the post of Poet Laureate, has written a poem inspired by the upcoming marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Entitled Rings, the verse will be published on the morning of their day,  29 April

Duffy had not been expected to offer her take on the event. While her predecessor Sir Andrew Motion regularly wrote poems inspired by the royal family, the position of Laureate has no formal duties or obligations to Buckingham Palace. After being elected to the post two years ago, the Duffy said that she would only cover subjects that inspired her.

In November, following the engagement announcement, her agent Peter Strauss told The Telegraph, “She doesn’t want to do it and I don’t think she will. I don’t think she’ll do the engagement or wedding as a royal poem.”

Wendy Cope, who was also considered for the Laureate position at the time Duffy was selected, has expressed her surprise at the turn-around. Speaking to The Telegraph, Cope considered the anti-feminist implications of the vow “to obey”, before concluding, “I would have had more respect for her if she had said ‘no’”.

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has meanwhile taken the opportunity afforded by media coverage of the nuptials to highlight marriage inequality in the UK. After congratulating the couple, the Equal Love campaigner told The Pink Paper:

“We urge Kate and William to support marriage equality: the right of same-sex couples to get married. Their support would mean a lot. They take for granted the right to marry. Marriage is something that many lesbian and gay couples want but cannot have.”

 comments

  • Possibly the most exciting wedding-related news I’ve heard so far!

    Bella ∼ April 19th, 2011 8:34 pm

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