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Mrs Midas Summary & Analysis
by Carol Ann Duffy

“Mrs Midas” is a poem written by the contemporary Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy, the former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. The poem alludes to the Greek myth of King Midas, who was granted a wish to have everything he touched turn to gold. The poem, however, tells this well-known story from the perspective of Midas’s wife, using humor and wit to explore the foolish nature of greed, the historical erasure of women’s experiences, and the consequences of selfishness within a relationship. “Mrs Midas” was included in Duffy’s 1999 collection The World’s Wife and reprinted in her New Selected Poems 1984-2004.

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