Saturday 25 November 2006 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)
This week on The Verb, Ian McMillan delves into the world of rhyming morals with an exploration of cautionary tales.
He hears from the authors of two new collections of cautionary verse, James Landale and Chris Addison, and together they examine the debt the genre owes to the writer Hilaire Belloc.
Also joining them round The Verb table with their own new cautionary tales will be the poets Gwyneth Lewis and Clare Pollard.
Ian and his cautioneers examine how suited modern-day themes such as obesity, alcoholism and anti-social behaviour are to the form of cautionary verse, and they also attempt to decipher why these morality poems contain such rhythmic allure.
Cautionary Tales for Grown-Ups by Chris Addison is published by Hodder and Stoughton.
Landale's Cautionary Tales by James Landale is published by Canongate.
Two In A Boat by Gwyneth Lewis is published by Harper Collins.
Look Clare, Look! by Clare Pollard is published by Bloodaxe.