Carol Ann Duffy will be the UK’s first woman poet laureate!

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From Yahoo News:

The centuries-old post of British poet laureate, bard to kings and queens, has been held by William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Ted Hughes : but never, until Friday, by a woman.

Carol Ann Duffy said she hesitated before accepting the job, which brings a high public profile and an expectation to rhapsodize about royal weddings, funerals and major state occasions.

In the end, she left the decision to her 13-year-old daughter, Ella: “She said, ‘Yes mummy, there’s never been a woman.'”

Duffy, 53, said that as laureate she would write “whatever needs to be written.”

She said poetry “is a place we can go to for comfort, celebration, when we’re in love, when we’re bereaved and sometimes for events that happen to us as a nation.”

A witty and popular writer whose work is widely taught in British schools, Duffy is also the first openly gay poet laureate.

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