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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 12 May 2013

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

    Poetry by Heart Finalists
  • The final round of recitations at the Poetry by Heart event

    Poetry by Heart Finals
  • The Winner of Poetry by Heart; Kaiti Soultana

    The Winner of Poetry by Heart
  • 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

    Publ: Oxford


    Welsh Incident by Robert Graves, recited by Dafydd Shalders.

    From: The Oxford Book of English Verse

    Publ: Oxford



    Snake/ A narrow fellow by Emily Dickinson, recited by Esther Simisola Sule.

    From: The Oxford Book of American Verse

    Publ: Oxford


    Extract from Paradise Lost by John Milton, recited by Ben Walker.

    From: The Complete Poetry of John Milton

    Publ: Doubleday


    Extract from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, recited by Kaiti Soultana

    Publ: Oxford


    Out Out by Robert Frost, recited by Maddy Bulliment

    From: The Oxford Book of American Poetry

    Publ: Oxford


    Extract from Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats, recited by Hazel Mayall

    From:  The New Penguin Book of English Verse

    Publ: Penguin


    Ozymandias by Percy Shelley, recited by Georgia Harvey.

    From: The Rattle Bag Anthology

    Publ: faber and faber


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