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An Unseen’, published in Duffy’s Laureate Poems collection Ritual Lighting, was commissioned as a poetic reaction to Wilfred Owen’s ‘The Send-Off’. But it also strikes a chord with readers of Rapture, envisioning “all future / past” as the speaker asks, “Has forever been then?” and is told, “Yes, / forever has been.” It seems only right that the real answer to ‘now what?’ comes to us not from the living but from the dead. In ‘Snow’ (from her 2011 collection The Bees), the icy flakes scattered by the ghosts that walk beside us offer space and silence, and the possibility of healing and redirection. The dead also offer a different question: “Cold, inconvenienced, late, what will you do now / with the gift of your left life?” Reynolds, Margaret (7 January 2006). "Review: Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 19 July 2019.
The poem is a traditional sonnet comprising fourteen lines, and following loosely an ABAB CDCD EFEFGG rhyming pattern. It also follows the metrical rhythm usually associated with sonnets, iambic pentameter, that is five metrical feet or iambs per line, where a iamb is one unstressed followed by one stressed syllable.The voice is that of a first person speaker, we can assume the poet, using the pronoun “I”, and referring to “we” of the relationship. Rapture is a story of a love affair, from it's beginnings, through all its ups and downs to it's ending' The subject of her latest work [Rapture] is the specifics of love, not the specifics of the lovers. Its inhabitants could
Use italics (lyric) and bold (lyric) to distinguish between different vocalists in the same song part As we celebrate Carol Ann Duffy’s decade as Poet Laureate, Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards offers a response to the themes of love and loss in her work What Will You Do Now with the Gift of Your Life? by Stephen Raw.If a poem endures, the life is between the reader and the poem. The poet should not be in the way.'