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Little Red Cap Summary & Analysis
by Carol Ann Duffy

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"Little Red Cap" was written by the Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy, who served as the first female poet laureate of the United Kingdom between 2009 and 2019. It is the first poem in her 1999 collection The World's Wife, which depicts figures from history or mythology through a feminist lens. In "Little Red Cap," this figure is Little Red Riding Hood, from the classic fairy tale. Though usually portrayed as a naive girl hoodwinked and eaten by a wolf, Duffy's Little Red Cap is a young woman brimming with sexual curiosity, artistic ambition, and personal agency. Her relationship with the wolf, though marked by a predatory power imbalance, serves as the catalyst for her coming-of-age.

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