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Poem of the week: Virginia Woolf's Angels 1919 by Patricia McCarthy

Two contrasting varieties of 'angel' provide a dynamic image of the writer's sense of liberation, and subtle premonitions of her fate

This week's poem, Virginia Woolf's Angels 1919, comes from Patricia McCarthy's new collection, Horses Between Our Legs, a collection which includes the poem that won first prize last year in the National Poetry Society competition, Clothes that escaped the Great War.

Set five years after the Battle of Mons, Virginia Woolf's Angels 1919 brings together in combat two distinct "Angel" myths, the "Angel in the House", and the Angel of Mons, to localise and dramatise a victory myth for Woolf herself.

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