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Carol Ann Duffy: Feminine Gospels

3. The Map-Woman

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In this module, we explore the second poem in the collection, ‘The Map-Woman’, focusing in particular on: (i) the extent to which we should read the poem as reflecting the poet’s own life and experiences; (ii) Duffy’s poetics, including her use of apostrophe (“you”) and internal rhyme; (iii) the extended metaphor of our life experiences being physically etched on our bodies; (iv) the soundscape of Duffy’s poetry – the “crying” ice-cream van, the “snarl of children’s shrieks”, the “groan” of the motorway, etc.; and (v) the recurring theme, repeated in the last line, of “hunting for [one’s] home”.


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.

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McRae, J. (2019, December 06). Carol Ann Duffy: Feminine Gospels - The Map-Woman [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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McRae, J. "Carol Ann Duffy: Feminine Gospels – The Map-Woman." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 06 Dec 2019,