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Stop All the Clocks: WH Auden in an Age of Anxiety

Adam Low returns to the poet and his work 35 years after his BBC film The Auden Landscape, to reveal how Auden's poetry helps us to understand the tumultuous 21st century.

Why does the poet who began as the golden boy of the 1930s and ended up as the craggy-faced laureate-we-never-had have a greater hold on our imaginations than ever before?

Thirty-five years after his BBC film The Auden Landscape, director Adam Low returns to the poet and his work. Following Auden's surges of popularity from featuring in Four Weddings and a Funeral to being the poet New Yorkers turned to after 9/11, Low reveals how Auden's poetry helps us to have a better understanding of the 21st century and the tumultuous political climate in which we now live. Writers Alan Bennett, Polly Clark, Alexander McCall Smith and Richard Curtis, and poets James Fenton and Paul Muldoon share their passion for Auden and celebrate the potent impact of his work.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 27 Oct 2017 01:15

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Credits

Role Contributor
Director Adam Low
Producer John Archer
Production Company Hopscotch Films

Broadcasts

  • Sat 30 Sep 2017 21:00
  • Sat 30 Sep 2017 22:30
  • Fri 27 Oct 2017 01:15

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