You are not currently logged in. Please create an account or log in to view the full course.

Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time

33. Stuffed

This is the course trailer. Please create an account or log in to view this lecture.

  • Description
  • Cite

About this Lecture


In this module, we read through the thirty-second poem in the collection, 'Stuffed', focusing in particular on: (i) the contrast – initially, at least – we the previous poem; (ii) the meaning of the word "Spiv"; (iii) the repetitive structure of the poem: the animal that is stuffed followed by a one-word description; (iv) the twist at the end of poem, where the item being 'stuffed' is a human female ("I like her to be naked and to kneel. Tame."); and (v) the identity and personality of the speaker of the poem – why are they doing this?


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

APA style

McRae, J. (2021, March 01). Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time - Stuffed [Video]. MASSOLIT.

MLA style

McRae, J. "Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time – Stuffed." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 01 Mar 2021,