-Death and The Moon-

Summary

The poem is written for Catherine Marcangeli, who was the partner of the painter and poet Adrian Henri, who was a long-time friend of Duffy. Henri died in 2000, 2 years before the poem was published. Duffy also had a 10 year relationship with Henri, which is why the death troubled her so deeply. The poem focuses on the distance that death creates and the uncertainty of death.

Duffy is unsure where Henri has gone, longing for him to return. With the poem exploring the initial confusion of death. The poem moves from remembering the funeral, before returning to the world without the familiar presence of Henri. The poem is incredibly tragic, ending ‘Feminine Gospels’ on what can only be described as a melancholy note.

Summary

The poem is written for Catherine Marcangeli, who was the partner of the painter and poet Adrian Henri, who was a long-time friend of Duffy. Henri died in 2000, 2 years before the poem was published. Duffy also had a 10 year relationship with Henri, which is why the death troubled her so deeply. The poem focuses on the distance that death creates and the uncertainty of death.

Duffy is unsure where Henri has gone, longing for him to return. With the poem exploring the initial confusion of death. The poem moves from remembering the funeral, before returning to the world without the familiar presence of Henri. The poem is incredibly tragic, ending ‘Feminine Gospels’ on what can only be described as a melancholy note.

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