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Why Poetry Matters

Griff Rhys Jones explores the power of verse, dissecting Keats with Simon Armitage, encountering an experimental poem made from beach balls and experiencing a poetry slam.

Griff Rhys Jones makes a passionate and personal plea for poetry, exploring how verse has the power to enlighten, entertain, stimulate and seduce.

Griff dissects Keats with Simon Armitage, views a line-up of poetic dandies with Andrew Motion and encounters an experimental poem made from a dozen beach balls. He celebrates W.H. Auden's Night Mail with a team of railway drivers, takes a Shakespearean masterclass with Nick Hytner and is thrown into the bardic bear pit at a poetry slam.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 13 Jul 2009 02:25


Role Contributor
Presenter Griff Rhys Jones
Participant Simon Armitage
Participant Andrew Motion
Producer Louise Hooper
Director Louise Hooper


  • Wed 20 May 2009 21:00
  • Mon 13 Jul 2009 02:25