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7. Mrs Aesop
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the seventh poem in the collection, ‘Mrs Aesop', focusing in particular on: (i) the figure of Aesop and the character of his famous 'Fables'; and (ii) Carol Ann Duffy's retelling of the story, in which Aesop is a crushing bore and "diabolical" in bed.
In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1999 collection, 'The World's Wife'. After a brief introduction to the collection as a whole, the course continue with a read-through and analysis of each of the thirty 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. (2020, April 28). Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife - Mrs Aesop [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-the-world-s-wife/mrs-aesop
McRae, J. "Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife – Mrs Aesop." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 28 Apr 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-the-world-s-wife/mrs-aesop