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From the Birmingham Literature Festival

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 20 October 2013

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests from an audience at the Birmingham Literature Festival. the selection is drawn from the top ten most requested poems in the history of the show and includes Adelstrop by Edward Thomas, How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith. The audience also tell Roger about what the requested poems mean to them.

  • This Week's Poems


    All poems taken from ‘Poetry Please: The Nation’s Best Loved Poems’, published by Faber


    The Tyger

    By William Blake


    The Way Through the Woods

    By Rudyard Kipling


    ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways’

    By Elizabeth Barrett Browning


    Fern Hill

    By Dylan Thomas



    By Edward Thomas


    The Road Not Taken

    By Robert Frost



    By Christina Rossetti



    By Seamus Heaney


    One Art

    By Elizabeth Bishop



    By CP Cavafy


    Not Waving but Drowning

    By Stevie Smith


    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    By Robert Frost








Roger McGough
James Cook
Tim Dee


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