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A dollop of nonsense and a hint of spring

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests, including a helping of nonsense from Mervyn Peake and Guy Wetmore Carryl, a hint of spring from Wordsworth, and a poem in praise of Galoshes. Readers are Harriet Walter and Guy Paul.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 1 Mar 2014 23:30

This Week's Poems

An Unstamped Letter in a Rural Letterbox

By Robert Frost

From The Poetry of Robert Frost       

Published by Jonathan Cape



By Ruth Fainlight   

From New & Collected Poems

Published by Bloodaxe Books


Black Rook in Rainy Weather

By Sylvia Plath

From Sylvia Plath: Collected Poems 1956-1963

Published by Faber & Faber


Don’t Let That Horse Eat That Violin

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti  

From These Are My Rivers: New and Selected Poems 

Published by New Directions Publishing Corporation


Not My Best Side

By U.A. Fanthorpe

From U.A. Fanthorpe: Selected Poems

Published by Penguin


The Frivolous Cake

By Mervyn Peake

From The Chatto Book of Nonsense Poetry

Published by Chatto


The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven

By Guy Wetmore Caryl

From The Oxford Book of Children’s Verse in America

Published by OUP USA


Miracle on St David’s Day

By Gillian Clarke

From Collected Poems

Published by Carcanet


Daffodils (I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud)

By William Wordsworth

From William Wordsworth: Poems Selected by Seamus Heaney

Published by Faber & Faber

Recording from the Poetry Please archive (originally broadcast on 30th Jan 2001)

Read by Ralph Fiennes



By Paul Jennings

From A Choice of Comic and Curious Verse

Published by Allen Lane

In copyright


The Psalm of Life

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

From The Poetical Works of Longfellow

Published by Oxford UP


Role Contributor
PresenterRoger McGough
ReaderHarriet Walter
ReaderGuy Paul