Carol Ann Duffy is an award-winning Scottish poet of “post-post war England: Thatcher’s England.” She is best known for writing love poems. Carol Ann Duffy Poems often take the form of monologues. An Economist reviewer described her verses as typically “spoken in the voices of the urban people of society who harbour resentments and grudges against the world.”

‘The Dolphins’ by Carol Ann Duffy, voiced by a dolphin, is a dramatic monologue. It revolves around the themes of exploitation displacementalienation and the need for ecological conservationFurther it presents us a disturbing picture of what unregulated power is capable of doing to the lives of others. Moreover it provides us a perspective of the oppressed. Also it thoroughly incriminates man for his love of power and dominance over others.

Carol in this poem narrates how the insatiable greed of man has usurped dolphin’s freedom, how it has shattered their dreams and how drastically its world has changed. The lives of these beautiful sea creatures are completely controlled by man and they are made to dance to their tunes. Thus the sense of alienation, their loss of freedom and the overarching hopelessness makes the poem all the more poignant, especially when they express their awareness of the inevitable fate that awaits them.

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Carol Ann Duffy Poems
Carol Ann Duffy Poems
English Poetries

World is what you swim in , or dance, it is simple.

We are in our element but we are not free.

Outside this world you cannot breathe for long.

The other has my shape. The other’s movement

forms my thoughts. And also mine.

There is a man and there are hoops.

 There is a constant flowing guilt.

Carol Ann Duffy Poems

” We have found no truth in these waters,

no explanations tremble on our flesh.

We were blessed and now we are not blessed.

After traveling such space for days we began

to translate . It was the same space. It is

the same space always and above it is man.

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And now we are no longer blessed, for the world

will not deepen to dream in. The other knows

and out of love reflects me for myself.

We see our silver skin flash by like memory

of somewhere else. There is a coloured ball

we have to balance till the man has disappeared.

Carol Ann Duffy Poems

The moon has disappeared. We circle well-worn grooves

of water on a single note. Music of loss forever

from the other’s heart which turns my own to stone.

There is a plastic toy. There is no hope. We sink

to the limits of this pool until the whistle blows.

There is a man and our mind knows we will die here.


CA Nitin Kaushik (Imaginary_Lands)

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