Roger McGough presents a wide selection of poetry requests. This week - fresh renditions of classic as well as contemporary poems, as some of the choices will be recited by teenagers taking part in the national Poetry by Heart competition finals. A Poetry Archive initiative, Andrew Motion has described the competition as "A way for 14- to 18-year olds to have serious fun while they extend their reading, deepen their powers of appreciation, and memorise beautiful and intriguing poems which will enrich their lives for ever."
Poems include Love From a Foreign City by Lavinia Greenlaw, a fantastic rendition of Welsh Incident by Robert Graves and a not to be missed recitation in Middle English from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Producer: Sarah Langan.
Poetry by Heart Finalists at The National Portrait Gallery
The final round of recitations at the Poetry by Heart event
The Winner of Poetry by Heart; Kaiti Soultana
This week's poems
This week's poems were recited by heart by just some of the finalists at the Poetry By Heart event
Love from a Foreign City by Lavinia Greenlaw, recited by Whitney Muraldo
From: Love from a Foreign City
Publ: Slow Dancer Press
You are Old, Father William by Lewis Carroll, recited by Aouda Tesnime Ketrouci.
From: The Oxford Book of Children’s Verse
Welsh Incident by Robert Graves, recited by Dafydd Shalders.
From: The Oxford Book of English Verse
Snake/ A narrow fellow by Emily Dickinson, recited by Esther Simisola Sule.
From: The Oxford Book of American Verse
Extract from Paradise Lost by John Milton, recited by Ben Walker.
From: The Complete Poetry of John Milton
Extract from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, recited by Kaiti Soultana
Out Out by Robert Frost, recited by Maddy Bulliment
From: The Oxford Book of American Poetry
Extract from Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats, recited by Hazel Mayall
From: The New Penguin Book of English Verse
Ozymandias by Percy Shelley, recited by Georgia Harvey.
From: The Rattle Bag Anthology
Publ: faber and faber