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The greatest of all musician-poets was Orpheus, the lyre player and lyricist who charmed even the birds and the beasts, but went to hell and back in pursuit of his enduring love, Eurydice. Of course, he ignored the injunctions against glancing back at her whilst leaving Hades, and lost her for all time. It's a myth that has captured the imagination of poets since time immemorial. In this edition of Poetry Please Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that shed unexpected, many-angled light upon this vital, evergreen tale, with works by , Carol Ann Duffy, CK Williams and others.

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30 minutes

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Sat 12 Feb 2011 23:30

How Poetic Could You Be?


A quiz which tests how poetic you can be in everyday interactions.