England Appoints First Female Poet Laureate in History of Position

England Appoints First Female Poet Laureate in History of Position

After centuries of young men performing female roles on the English stage, Charles II ascended the throne in 1660 and in the same year, officially authorized women players to perform their own parts.  349 years have passed since this historic and proto-feminist event, and England has just now gotten around to appointing its first female poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.  Talk about a delayed stage entry.

Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

 

 John Dryden was the nation’s first official poet laureate from 1668-1689, though many accounts indicate Edmund Spenser unofficially held the first appointment from 1591-1599 and still others identify Ben Jonson as the first national poet from 1619-1637.

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