Clip description Keywords
'The Charge of the Light Brigade'  (pt 1/3)
'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (pt 1/3)

Duration: 02:21

This clip dramatises the drafting of Alfred Lord Tennyson's 'Charge of the Light Brigade' and its subsequent use as a music hall song.

 
'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (pt 2/3)
'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (pt 2/3)

Duration: 03:28

Poet Sheila Parry contextualises the ballad 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', outlining who wrote it, why it was written and for whom it was written.

 
'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (pt 3/3)
'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (pt 3/3)

Duration: 02:29

Poet Sheila Parry explores the way description is used effectively in Tennyson's 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'.

 
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'

Duration: 01:46

Commentary on Tennyson's poem with dramatisation of the poet at work.

 
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (poem only)
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (poem only)

Duration: 04:24

'The Charge of the Light Brigade' is read to accompany a 1950s film of commuters travelling home in rush hour.

 
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'The Lady of Shalott, Part I' (poem only)
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'The Lady of Shalott, Part I' (poem only)

Duration: 01:45

Animation and reading of Part I of 'The Lady of Shalott'.

 
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'Ulysses'  (poem only)
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'Ulysses' (poem only)

Duration: 06:24

A modern setting of Alfred Lord Tennyson's 'Ulysses' shows the regrets of a very successful businessman about to be reduced to a life without challenge.

 
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'Ulysses' (poem only)
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 'Ulysses' (poem only)

Duration: 06:16

A modern setting of Alfred Lord Tennyson's 'Ulysses' which shows the regrets of a man who has been an action hero now reduced to a life without challenge

 
Christina Rosetti - 'No Thank You, John' (poem only)
Christina Rosetti - 'No Thank You, John' (poem only)

Duration: 00:58

Pippa Guard performs Christina Rossetti’s poem 'No Thank You, John'.

 
Christina Rossetti
Christina Rossetti

Duration: 04:28

An introduction to the life of Christina Rossetti, looking at the influences behind her poetry and the way female poets were regarded in general.

 
Christina Rossetti - 'Maude Clare' (audio)
Christina Rossetti - 'Maude Clare' (audio)

Duration: 02:27

A reading of Christina Rossetti's poem 'Maude Clare'.

 
Christina Rossetti - Three Short Poems (poems only)
Christina Rossetti - Three Short Poems (poems only)

Duration: 01:25

BBC weather presenters Nick Miller, Susan Powell and Philip Avery recite three of Rossetti's short poems.

 
Commentary on Gerard Manley Hopkins' 'Inversnaid'
Commentary on Gerard Manley Hopkins' 'Inversnaid'

Duration: 02:02

Hardeep Singh Kohli explores the sound of language in poetry, with specific reference to Gerard Manley Hopkin's 1881 poem 'Inversnaid'.

 
Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'
Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'

Duration: 04:12

Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess', focusing on the poet's use of structure and personal response.

 
Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'
Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'

Duration: 02:37

Two actors provide a commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess', written in 1842.

 
Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'
Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'

Duration: 01:38

Commentary by a teacher on Robert Browning's poem 'My Last Duchess', written in 1842.

 
David Dimbleby on W. B. Yeats
David Dimbleby on W. B. Yeats

Duration: 02:20

Broadcaster David Dimbleby visits Innisfree and remembers the poem by W B Yeats about the island.

 
George Eliot - 'In a London Drawing Room'
George Eliot - 'In a London Drawing Room'

Duration: 02:15

A dramatic reading of George Eliot's poem 'In a London Drawing Room' followed by her views on the purpose of poetry, including introduction and conclusion.

 
George Eliot - 'In a London Drawing Room' (poem only)
George Eliot - 'In a London Drawing Room' (poem only)

Duration: 01:06

A dramatic reading of George Eliot's 'In a London Drawing Room'.

 
Gerard Manley Hopkins - 'Inversnaid' (poem only)
Gerard Manley Hopkins - 'Inversnaid' (poem only)

Duration: 01:20

Hardeep Singh Kohli reads the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins 'Inversnaid', on location in Scotland where the poet was inspired in the 1880s.

 
Gerard Manley Hopkins - 'Pied Beauty' (poem only)
Gerard Manley Hopkins - 'Pied Beauty' (poem only)

Duration: 01:12

Actor Paul Webster reads 'Pied Beauty'.

 
Gerard Manley Hopkins - the Poet Priest
Gerard Manley Hopkins - the Poet Priest

Duration: 02:07

John Wain reflects on the principles of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

 
John Clare - 'First Love'
John Clare - 'First Love'

Duration: 02:48

Spoof chat show host Lily Savage introduces John Clare's poem 'First Love'.

 
John Clare - 'First Love' (poem only)
John Clare - 'First Love' (poem only)

Duration: 02:21

John Clare's poem 'First Love' is read to the accompaniment of a dramatisation of a boy-girl encounter in rural England.

 
Reading of Rudyard Kipling’s poem 'If'
Reading of Rudyard Kipling’s poem 'If'

Duration: 03:02

Football commentator Des Lynam reads Kipling’s famous poem 'If'.

 
Robert Browning - 'Home-Thoughts, From Abroad' (poem only)
Robert Browning - 'Home-Thoughts, From Abroad' (poem only)

Duration: 01:51

Actor John Hurt takes on the guise of the Englishman abroad to recite Browning's 'Home-Thoughts, From Abroad'.

 
Robert Browning - 'Love in a Life' (poem only)
Robert Browning - 'Love in a Life' (poem only)

Duration: 01:44

Actor Michael Maloney performs Robert Browning's poem of lost love, 'Love in a Life'.

 
Robert Browning - 'My last Duchess' (audio)
Robert Browning - 'My last Duchess' (audio)

Duration: 03:20

A reading of Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchesss'.

 
Robert Browning - 'My Last Duchess' (poem only)
Robert Browning - 'My Last Duchess' (poem only)

Duration: 05:48

A gritty urban scene with a ruthless gang overlord is the setting for a contemporary dramatisation of Robert Browning poem 'My Last Duchess'.

 
Robert Browning - 'My Last Duchess' (poem only)
Robert Browning - 'My Last Duchess' (poem only)

Duration: 05:05

Dramatic interpretation of Robert Browning's poem 'My Last Duchess' which was written in 1842. This interpretation is set in a modern context.

 
Robert Browning - 'My Last Duchess' (poem only)
Robert Browning - 'My Last Duchess' (poem only)

Duration: 05:12

A dramatised reading of the Robert Browning poem 'My Last Duchess' set in the head quarters of a creative agency.

 
Robert Browning - 'The Laboratory' (poem only)
Robert Browning - 'The Laboratory' (poem only)

Duration: 03:31

A performance of Robert Browning's dramatic monologue, 'The Laboratory', set in a contemporary nightclub.

 
Robert Browning - 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' (poem only)
Robert Browning - 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' (poem only)

Duration: 02:45

Animation and reading of the first verses of 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'.

 
Rudyard Kipling and India
Rudyard Kipling and India

Duration: 01:32

The influence of India on Rudyard Kipling's Writing.

 
Rudyard Kipling's 'The Way Through the Woods'
Rudyard Kipling's 'The Way Through the Woods'

Duration: 01:10

A reading of Kipling's 'The Way Through the Woods' with animation.

 
Sonnet 43 How do I love thee?
Sonnet 43 How do I love thee?

Duration: 03:24

A brief potted history of the relationship between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning brought to life and used to add context to Sonnet 43.

 
W. B. Yeats  'Aedh  Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven'
W. B. Yeats 'Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven'

Duration: 00:47

Singer Cerys Matthews reads Yeats' poem 'Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven'.

 
W. B. Yeats - 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'
W. B. Yeats - 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'

Duration: 01:13

A recording of W. B. Yeats reading his poem 'The Lake Isle of Inisfree'.

 
Writer Peggy Reynolds on Christina Rossetti
Writer Peggy Reynolds on Christina Rossetti

Duration: 01:16

In a 'Late Show' special from 1994, writer Peggy Reynolds talks about the life of poet Christina Rossetti.

 

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