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From the Birmingham Literature Festival

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.

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30 minutes

Last on

Sat 26 Oct 2013 23:30

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








Role Contributor
PresenterRoger McGough
EditorJames Cook
ProducerTim Dee

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