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Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time

10. The Good Teachers

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Lecture

In this module, we read through the ninth poem in the collection, 'The Good Teachers', focusing in particular on: (i) the appearance, once again, of a teacher, cf. the previous two poems, 'Welltread' and 'Confession'; (ii) the extent to which the poem captures the turns of phrase that teachers actually use, e.g. "you'll be sorry one day"; (iii) the extent to which the 'good teachers' in the poem are positive role models – "snobbish and proud and clean and qualified"; and (iv) the concept of "the wall you climb" – "dancing, lovebites, marriage, the Cheltenham and Gloucester, today".

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 Good Teachers [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-mean-time/the-good-teachers

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McRae, John. "Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time – The Good Teachers." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 01 Mar 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-mean-time/the-good-teachers

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