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Helen through the eyes of British poets

Saturday 31 March 2007 19:45-20:05 (Radio 3)

As soon as men began to write, they made Helen of Troy their subject. Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book 'Helen of Troy', looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Rupert Brooke.

Do her fictional incarnations bear any resemblance to historical fact? And why does she continue to fascinate contemporary British poets?

Duration:

20 minutes




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