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A Reflection of Man and Culture in Language and Literature

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Edited By Mária Matiová and Martin Navrátil

This book consists of scientific chapters devoted to innovative approaches to examination of anthropocentrism. It depicts human beings as physical, spiritual, social and cultural creatures perceived through the lingual and literary lens. The publication has an intercultural foundation, as it examines Slovak, Russian, German, English and Romanian languages.

The authors of the book discuss issues which transcend the boundaries of philological research. They apply knowledge from various fields, such as psychology, communication theory, aesthetics, mass media and other social sciences in order to obtain relevant scientific results. The authors present critical analyses and interpretations of contemporary theoretical and practical problems occurring in the selected areas of expertise, and outline the perspective research possibilities.

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The Magic of Intertextuality in Carol Ann Duffy’s Poetry

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Adriana Parížeková

Carol Ann Duffy is one of the most famous poets of the 21st century. She was born into a Catholic Irish family, which had the huge impact on her childhood. Her first pamphlet of poems was published in her adolescence. She was only eighteen years old and would not have been able to do it without the help of her English teacher (Baxter, 2004, p. 112). Although the author started to write when she was very young, her talent was noticed by the rest of the world only when she was nominated to the position of poet laureate (The Guardian, 1999, [online]). It was an honour for her; however, her lifestyle has not corresponded with the government’s expectations due to an unwritten rule: “the Scottish-born lesbian daughter of two Glasgow working-class radicals” was not the appropriate candidate for the position of a poet laureate (Biography: Carol Ann Duffy, [online]).

Nowadays, C. A. Duffy lives in London with her partner, a black woman, the poet and novelist Jackie Kay. They take care of Carol Ann Duffy’s daughter, Ella, who has had a huge impact on her poetry and also life. She works as a “freelance writer and gives poetry readings at schools, community centres and conferences around the country” (Baxter, 2004, p. 112). In 2009, she was the first woman to become poet laureate (Rees – Jones, 2010, p. 11). She is now one of Britain’s leading poets and has won a number of national...

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