'A thistle can draw blood': Carol Ann Duffy on the Scottish independence verdict

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The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has delivered a poem on the Scottish independence referendum, a day after the 55%-45% No verdict. As the Queen issued a measured statement expressing the hope that “all of us throughout the United Kingdom” would respect the outcome of the vote, Duffy’s poem, ‘September 2014’, opens with the lines: “A thistle can draw blood, / so can a rose”.  It is published on the front pag...

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