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Learning to Wait

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 21 August 2011

Taking his cue from Richard Church's eponymous poem, Tom Robinson considers what's required of us in 'Learning To Wait'.

The poem's paradoxical observation, 'All that I have grasped at I have lost, All I relinquished won', provokes Tom to explore the work of other writers who have reflected on wanting and waiting, including Milan Kundera, TS Eliot and DH Lawrence. With music by KD Lang, Shostakovich and Brian Eno.

Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Philip Glass

    Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi - Resource

    Performer: Philip Glass Ensemble

    Philip on Film, Nonesuch, 7559 79660-2

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, Op.102 – 2nd mvt. Andante

    Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (piano), English Chamber Orchestra cond. Jerzy Maksymiuk

    Shostakovich, EMI, 382 234 2, 13

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones I Am Waiting

    Aftermath, Decca, B00006RT4U, 11

  • Image for k.d. lang

    k.d. lang Still Thrives This Love

    Composer: KD Lang/Ben Mink

    Ingénue, Sire/Warner Bros, 7599-26840-2, 6

  • Image for Edward Herbert

    Edward Herbert Pavan of the Composition of mee Herbert of Cherbury and Castle Island

    Performer: Paul O’Dette (lute)

    Lord Herbert of Cherbury’s Lute, Harmonia Mundi, HMU 907068, 12

  • Image for Brian Eno

    Brian Eno Dunwich Beach, Autumn 1960

    On Land/Ambient 4, Virgin, B002DKF550, 8

  • Image for Brother Ty

    Brother Ty Rain

    Upwards, Big Dada, B00020JPDG, 5

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, Op.102 – 2nd mvt. Andante

    Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (piano), English Chamber Orchestra cond. Jerzy Maksymiuk

    Shostakovich, EMI, 382 234 2, 13

  • READINGS

    Title: In Praise of Slow
    Author: Carl Honoré
    Publisher: Orion, 2005
    ISBN: 978-0752864143

    Title: Marshmallow Experiment
    Author: Walter Mischel
    Publisher: Stanford University

    Title: Leaf and Tendril: The Writings of John Burroughs Part Fifteen
    Author: John Burroughs
    Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, 2004
    ISBN: 978-1417944354

    Title: The Complete Poems of D.H. Lawrence – The Elephant is Slow To Mate
    Author: D.H. Lawrence
    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 1994
    ISBN: 978-1853264177

    Title: To His Coy Mistress
    Book: The Complete Poems
    Author: Andrew Marvell
    Publisher: Penguin
    ISBN: 978-0140424577

    Title: Slowness
    Author: Milan Kundera
    Publisher: Faber and Faber, 1997
    ISBN: 978-0571179435

    Title: The Conquest of Happiness
    Author: Bertrand Russell
    Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition
    ISBN: 978-0415378475

    Title: A Coney Island of the Mind
    Publisher: New Directions Publishing, 2008
    Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    ISBN: 978-0811217477

    Title: Learning To Wait
    Author: Richard Church
    Book: Valuing and Educating Young People: stern love the Lyward Way by Jeremy Harvey
    Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
    ISBN: 978-1843100560

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