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About this Lecture
In this module, we read through the fourteenth poem in the collection, 'Caul', focusing in particular on: (i) what a caul is, and the traditional belief of what it mean if you were born with a caul ("I'll never be drowned"); (ii) the speaker's reflection on what has become of his caul ("I imagine it now, a leathery sheath the length of a palm"); and (iii) the unusual perspective that the speaker is "all that is left" of the caul.
In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1993 collection, ‘Mean Time'. After an introductory module in which we think about the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy in general and the collection as a whole – and especially the implications of its title – the course continues with a reading and analysis of each of the thirty-nine poems in the collection, one by one.
John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.
Cite this Lecture
McRae, J. (2021, March 01). Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time - Caul [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-mean-time/caul
McRae, John. "Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time – Caul." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 01 Mar 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-mean-time/caul