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The Song of the Earth
Friday 24 February 2006 20:20-20:40 (Radio 3)
The words of Mahler's song-symphony come not from a 19th-century German Romantic poet, but from more than a millennium earlier and rather further away. Jonathan Bate, whose book The Song of the Earth explores the relationship between literature and the natural world, reveals the attractions for Mahler of the lyrics of Li Po, the great nature poet and drinker - of the Tang dynasty.