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Episode 7

Roger McGough presents poems which use as imagery the sea, trees and autumn fruits. The theme of summer food leads to a delightful piece about an end-of-school picnic which hints at grown-up pleasures to come.

The readers are Phyllida Nash, Jenny Coverack, Tom Lawrence and Peter Marinker.

Diving for Pearls by Virginia Warbey
From: Ratified
Publ: The Merdon Marque

The Sea-House by Kathleen Jamie
From: Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead
Publ: Bloodaxe Books

The River by Mary Oliver
From: Dream Work
Publ: Atlantic Monthly Press

August by Mary Oliver
From: New Selected Poems
Publ: Beacon Press

The Cider House by Leonard Clark
From: Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill
Publ: Cassell

Birches by Robert Frost
From: The Poetry of Robert Frost
Publ: Jonathan Cape

Planting Trees by V.H. Friedlaender
From: Spirit of the Trees
Publ: Society of the Men of Trees

Binsey Poplars by Gerard Manley Hopkins
From: Hopkins
Publ: Everyman

Landscape with Dog by Paul Mariani
From: Poems from a Small Planet – Contemporary American Nature Poetry
Publ: Middlebury College Press

Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog by Lord Byron
From: The Poetical Works of Lord Byron
Publ: Oxford University Press

One of Our Saint Bernard Dogs is Missing by N.F. Simpson
From: The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language
Publ: Cambridge University Press

Lone Dog by Irene McLeod
From: The New Oxford Book of Children’s Verse
Publ: Oxford University Press

The Picnic by John Logan
From: Voices, third book
Publ: Penguin

30 minutes

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