Mean Time Paperback – 27 May 1993
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‘Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time’ Guardian
‘Duffy is magnificent, grounded, heartfelt, dedicated to the notion that poetry can give us the music of life itself’ Scotsman --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Winner of the 1993 Forward Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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"where no one has cancer, or sex, or debts, and certainly not leukaemia , which no one could spell"
Some people may assume that Duffy's work represents the pessimistic views of today's society, but in my opinion, the way you interpret the poets is a personal touch to the understanding of the poems. Duffy has an extreme talent for stimulating the imagination and creativity of her audiences.
'Mean Time' reflects life experiences by Duffy herself which she interpreted and condensed into an anthology of profound poems. My personal favourite from 'Mean Time' is 'Welltread' as it represents schools in a stereotypical way. For example; in every school there is always one teacher that purposely attempts to intimidate his students, the one person everyone is scared of. This poem also portrays how small situations, when you are young can stay with you for the rest of your life.
This anthology is for you if you enjoy reading poems that are profound and have meaning. Carol Ann Duffy does not specialise in romanticism like many other conventonal poets do, but down-to-earth, realistic situations, which everyone can relate to in some shape or form.
I honestly enjoyed analysing this anthology of poems for my English literature A-level, but if I weren't specialising in English, I would've read 'Mean Time' for pleasure anyway.
This anthology truly reflects Carol Ann Duffy best work, and is well worth the time and money.
A great poem is "Cafe Royal" Which depicts a young man wishing he could go back in time and save Oscar Wilde from his fate in prison. "Before you were mine" is also equally brilliant. Duffy addresses so many lifestyles and situations in this collection it is almost impossible for it not to relate in some way to every reader. A massive thumbs up!
'Small Female Skull' is also a very interesting poem, because it could be interpreted in many ways.Is she talking about herself or a lover?The humour within this poem is also very interesting, as it may be seen as irony.
I liked 'First Love' and 'Sleeping', as they were both very passionate, and I felt I could relate to Duffy's feelings and emotions.Her lusty poems could reflect heterosexual views as well as gay ones, which gives her poems the freedom to relate to everyone.They are not exclusive to lesbians.
If you like Duffy, then this book is certainly worth reading.I personally liked her poems about love and lust the most as they were very sensual. yet firm.I think it is a good collection on the whole.
Her writing has the perfect formula: brevity and impact; emotion and recognition. Duffy has a way of hitting you with a single word that leaves you quite breathless but it is the number of times one recognises oneself in her writing that is quite startling. Read this and you will say, "Yes, that is it, exactly, that is how it feels." Duffy knows; Duffy understands...
Mean Time will live with me, on my shelf, and in my head. This is Duffy at her best.
The title, "Mean Time" is an ongoing theme through the book which appears in many of the poems.
Some of the poems are clearly about personal experience for example, "Before You Were Mine" which is written about Duffy's mother. Others are moving accounts of situations which Duffy obviously has strong feelings about.
If you've never read any of Duffy's work before then i would recommend this as a very good book to start with. Some of the poems are quite difficult to understand, but by studying other poems in the collection, the meanings become apparent.
My favourite poem from this selection is "Sleeping". Consider the second stanzer: "Your mouth is hot fruit, wet, strange, night-fruit I taste with my opening mouth; my eyes closed." I think this is brilliant because it allows the reader to feel as though they are inside the poem through the descriptions used.
Carol Ann Duffy has a great talent for stimulating the creative mind of the reader and "Mean Time" is no exeption.
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Brilliant collection of Duffy poems - one of the best collections I have read. Would recommend this to people who enjoy more contemporary poetry,Published on 30 Aug. 2013 by Elizabeth Stevens