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21. Mrs Icarus
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the very short twenty-first poem in the collection, 'Mrs Icarus', focusing in particular on: (i) the figure of Icarus in Ovid's Metamorphoses; and (ii) the extent to we all know people like Icarus – "a total, utter, absolute, Grade A pillock."
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 Icarus [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-the-world-s-wife/mrs-icarus
McRae, J. "Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife – Mrs Icarus." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 28 Apr 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-the-world-s-wife/mrs-icarus