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Midwinter

Roger McGough explores the archives to find the most evocative winter poems read by some celebrated actors. With Thomas Hardy, Miroslav Holub, Robert Frost and Shakespeare.

Roger McGough explores the archives to find the most evocative winter poems read by some of our best actors. Poets Thomas Hardy, Miroslav Holub, Robert Frost and Shakespeare are brought to life by actors including Juliet Stevenson, Dame Harriet Walter and Hugh Laurie. Steeleye Span and Bert Jansch make up the numbers.

30 minutes

This Week's Poems

 

Storm

By Roger McGough

 

Birds at Winter Nightfall

By Thomas Hardy 

From Thomas Hardy: A Critical Selection of His Finest Poetry

Published by Oxford University Press

 

A Winter Night

by Tomas Transtromer

Translated by Robin Robertson

From The Deleted World

Published by Enitharmon Press

 

Noon Thaw

by Tomas Transtromer

translated by Robin Fulton

From New Collected Poems

Published by Bloodaxe

 

The Holly and the Ivy

Performed by Steeleye Span

 

How to Paint the Perfect Christmas

By Miroslav Holub,

translated by Iain Milner and George Theiner    

From Miroslav Holub: Selected Poems, translated by Ian Milner and George Theiner

Published by Penguin

 

The Journey of the Magi

By TS Eliot

from Collected Poems

Published by Faber & Faber       

 

In the Bleak Midwinter

By Christina Rossetti

Performed by Bert Jansch

 

Winter (extract from ‘The Seasons’)

by James Thomson  

From James Thomson: Poetical Works

Published by Oxford University Press

 

Those Winter Sundays

By Robert Hayden     

From The Oxford Book of American Poetry

Published by Oxford University Press          

 

An Old Man’s Winter Night

By Robert Frost 

From The Poetry of Robert Frost

Published by Jonathan Cape            

 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost  

From The Poetry of Robert Frost

Published by Jonathan Cape 

 

‘When Icicles Hang’ from ‘Love’s Labour Lost’

by William Shakespeare

 

London Snow

by Robert Bridges  

From:  Robert Bridges’ Poetical Works

Published by Oxford University Press

 

Now Winter Nights Enlarge

By Thomas Campion 

From The Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

Published by Oxford University Press

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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