19 February 2005
Saturday 19 February 2005 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
Ian McMillan presents the language, literature and performance show. As the daffodils begin to appear, poet Paul Farley gives a modern answer to Wordsworth's classic verses.
The Verb 19 February 2005
Transmitted at 21.30
Ted Hughes described them as 'ballerinas without music / shiverers in the wings of the year' and they are just beginning to appear in parks and gardens around the country. They inspired one of the most famous poems in the language: Ian McMillan begins this week's programme on Oxford Street in London, asking passers-by how much they remember of 'Daffodils' by William Wordsworth.
It's one of the best know poems in English - but why? On the show, poets Paul Farley and Sarah Maguire reveal the intriguing story behind the verses: as Sarah says, it's not a poem about Daffodils at all - it's about Wordsworth. Paul Farley reads a specially commissioned poem in response to Wordsworth's argument that nature recalled with the 'inward eye' can fill the heart with pleasure, and Cumbrian actor Tim Barker gives a superb, unusual reading of the poem.
Also on the show, a discussion of Freud as a writer, with Paul Ferris, Freud's biographer, and a Freudian eartoon from Peter Blegvad.