Tuesday 17 October 2017

Carol Ann Duffy savaged Theresa May in this election-themed poem

Hold onto your hats, folks.

By Taylor Heyman

Britain’s poet laureate has penned a poem about the election and it doesn’t look too kindly on Theresa May.

In Saturday’s edition of The Guardian newspaper, Carol Ann Duffy summed up the feelings of many about May’s decision to hold an election and how it eventually turned out.

The poem, titled Campaign, vividly describes a body which “was a question mark”, going on to talk about “her rhetoric an empty vicarage”, in reference to her upbringing as a vicar’s daughter.

The poem comes the day after the General Election produced a hung parliament with the Tories gaining 318 seats, eight short of the 326 needed for a majority.

The result has largely been seen as a backfire for May, who hoped to increase her majority and strengthen her position going into the Brexit negotiations.

Referencing both May’s infamous “naughtiest thing she’s ever done” moment and Corbyn’s appeal to young people, the poem ends:

“The furious young
ran towards her through the
fields of wheat.”

Poems are open to interpretation, but the intention of this one seems pretty clear.

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