Poetry


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Michael Wood on Beowulf

Michael Wood on Beowulf

Focusing on Beowulf, historian Michael Wood traces English poetry back to the Dark Ages.

Poets in Person

Poets in Person

Six short performances and personal insights from contemporary poets.

Louis MacNeice

6. A Poet's Guide to Britain: Louis MacNeice

Owen Sheers heads into the trees to explore Louis MacNeice's poem Woods.

Lynette Roberts

5. A Poet's Guide to Britain: Lynette Roberts

Owen Sheers visits a Welsh village to explore Lynette Roberts's Poem from Llanybri.

Matthew Arnold

4. A Poet's Guide to Britain: Matthew Arnold

Owen Sheers visits Oxford to explore Matthew Arnold's bleak poem Dover Beach.

George Mackay Brown

3. A Poet's Guide to Britain: George Mackay Brown

Owen Sheers visits the Orkneys to explore George Mackay Brown's poem Hamnavoe.

Sylvia Plath

2. A Poet's Guide to Britain: Sylvia Plath

Owen Sheers explores the story behind Sylvia Plath's poem Wuthering Heights.

William Wordsworth

1. A Poet's Guide to Britain: William Wordsworth

Owen Sheers explores the story behind Wordsworth's Composed upon Westminster Bridge.

Eternity

3. The Romantics: Eternity

How the radical way Byron, Keats and Shelley lived their short lives changed the world.