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Stealing Summary & Analysis
by Carol Ann Duffy

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“Stealing” was written by the Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 2009 to 2019. The poem's speaker is a bored, isolated person who feels "sick of the world" and routinely steals things just for the thrill of it. The speaker says that the strangest thing they ever stole was a snowman, which they later kicked apart, and ends the poem by frustratedly declaring that whoever is listening to this story doesn't understand the speaker at all. “Stealing” was first published in Duffy’s 1987 collection titled Selling Manhattan.

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