About the poet
On May 1st 2009, Carol Ann Duffy became the UK's twentieth Poet Laureate. She is one of Britain'...
I want to call you thou, the sound
of the shape of the start
of a kiss - like this - thou -
and to say, after, I love,
thou, I love, thou I love, not
I love you.
Because I so do -
as we say now - I want to say
thee, I adore, I adore thee
and to know in my lips
the syntax of love resides,
and to gaze in thine eyes.
Love's language starts, stops, starts;
the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.
From Rapture (Picador, 2005), © Carol Ann Duffy 2005, used by permission of the author and the publisher.
Carol Ann Duffy Reading from her Poems