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Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time

2. The Captain of the 1964 Top of the Form Team

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Lecture

In this module, we read though the first poem in the collection 'The Captain of the 1964 Top of the Form Team', focusing in particular on: (i) what 'Top of the Form' actually was; (ii) the speaker of the poem – how he rates himself, how he rates those around him ("stale wife", "thick kids"), and how we, the reader, rate him; (iii) the datedness of the questions that come up ("How many florins in the pound?"); and (iv) the 'moral' of the poem.

Course

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.

Lecturer

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.

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McRae, J. (2021, March 01). Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time - The Captain of the 1964 Top of the Form Team [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-mean-time/the-captain-of-the-1964-top-of-the-form-team

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McRae, J. "Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time – The Captain of the 1964 Top of the Form Team." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 01 Mar 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-mean-time/the-captain-of-the-1964-top-of-the-form-team

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