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Death of a Teacher Summary & Analysis
by Carol Ann Duffy

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The British poet Carol Ann Duffy included "Death of a Teacher" in her collection New Selected Poems 1984-2004. Written in response to the death of Duffy's favorite childhood English teacher, the poem features a speaker who fondly remembers sitting in class and listening to her teacher recite poetry by famous poets like W. B. Yeats and John Keats. This experience profoundly impacted the speaker, who as a 13-year-old student fell in love with the sounds of poetry. Remembering this meaningful experience, the speaker says that teaching is like an "endless love" that lasts "for life," implying that the influence of a good teacher is something that never fades.

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