Carol Ann Duffy, Dorothy Wordsworth’s Christmas Birthday, 2014

Written by Britain’s poet laureate from 2009-2019, this short poem imagines a frosty December morning when Dorothy, her brother William, and their dear friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge share a meal together to celebrate both Christmas and Dorothy’s birthday. (She was born on 25 December 1771.) The legacy of Dorothy’s lively personality is nicely captured by Duffy’s description of her warmth and energy as well as by the punchy artwork by Tom Duxbury. As we celebrate women’s history this month, creative works like this remind us of the rich legacy of women writers in British history.

Contributed by Chelsea McNeil