Carol Ann Duffy was named poet laureate of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in May 2009. Duffy was the first poet laureate chosen in the 21st century. More important, Duffy was the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly bisexual person to hold the prestigious, crown-appointed position. Duffy is known for writing in a variety of genres, but each of her works whether song, drama, children's fiction, or poem explores controversial themes, including violence, sexuality, education, gender, and more. Despite the complex subject matter of her work, Duffy is known for her fluid and accessible style that, in recent years, has made her work popular in both public schools and university classrooms.

Although Duffy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in ...

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