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About this Lecture
In this module, we explore the seventh poem in the collection, ‘Tall’, focusing in particular on: (i) Duffy’s interest in stretching an activity or behaviour to its maximum possible extent – dieting in ‘The Diet’, shopping in ‘The Woman Who Shopped’, providing food for other people in ‘Work’; (ii) the apple, an important symbol in Christian theology but also an object that we’ve seen several times before; (iii) the end-point of the woman’s growth, and the poem’s stunning final three lines.
In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 2002 collection, ‘Feminine Gospels’. 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 twenty-one 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. (2019, December 06). Carol Ann Duffy: Feminine Gospels - Tall [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-feminine-gospels/tall
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