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Roger McGough presents some tree poems, old and new, as the country contemplates losing its ashes. Part of a short season of tree programmes on BBC Radio 4. Poets Simon Armitage, Kathleen Jamie, Alice Oswald and Robin Robertson read some of their own poems, including new work, and some much loved and requested favourite tree poems including work by DH Lawrence, Philip Larkin, Thomas Hardy, WB Yeats and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Producer: Tim Dee.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 15 Dec 2012 23:30

This Week's Poems

This is the first thing

By Philip Larkin

Taken from Philip Larkin – Collected Poems

Published by The Marvell Press and Faber



By Simon Armitage



Song of the Wandering Aengus

By WB Yeats

Performed by Christy Moore

Taken from the CD ‘Ride On’

Label: Atlantic


Wind and Tree

By Paul Muldoon

From: Paul Muldoon - New Selected Poems 1968-1994

Publisher:  Faber


Binsey Poplars

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

From Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose

Publisher:  Penguin


Fall (after Rilke)

By Robin Robertson

From: Slow Air

Publisher:  Picador


Throwing a Tree

By Thomas Hardy

From Thomas Hardy - Selected Poems

Publisher:  Longman



By Kathleen Jamie

From The Tree House

Publisher:  Picador


Wood Not Yet Out

By Alice Oswald

From Woods etc.

Publisher: Faber and Faber


Five Ways to Help You Pass Safely Through a Dark Wood Late at Night

By Roger McGough

From Roger McGough – Collected Poems

Publisher: Penguin


Finding the Keys

By Robin Robertson



Ceremonies for Candlemasse Eve

By Robert Herrick

From The Works of Robert Herrick 

Publisher:  Kessinger Publishing



By Sorley Maclean

Translated by Seamus Heaney

Taken from The Guardian website:

Published by Urras Shomhairle (The Sorley Maclean Trust)


There are Roughly Zones

By Robert Frost

From The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems Complete & Unabridged

Publisher:  Henry Holt


Bare Almond Trees

By D H Lawrence 

From The Complete Poems [D H Lawrence]

Publisher:  Penguin


The Holly and the Ivy


Performed by Steeleye Span

Taken from the CD ‘A Parcel of Steeleye Span – Their First Five Chrysalis Albums 1972 – 1975’

Label: EMI