In 1819, John Keats wrote five of the greatest odes in the English language. Five leading contemporary poets each choose one to celebrate. 5. Paul Batchelor on Ode to Psyche
1819 was a stunningly fertile year for John Keats, when he wrote five of the greatest odes in the English language and actually introduced words and phrases never heard before - "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.....", "Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty....." . "O for a beaker full of the warm South....."
Five leading contemporary poets each celebrate a single ode.
5. Paul Batchelor on Ode to Psyche
Keats wrote "Ode to Psyche" in spring of 1819 and it was the first of his great odes in that year, , which include "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "Ode to a Nightingale".
Poet Paul Batchelor explores what is perhaps the least familiar of the great 1819 odes for contemporary readers.
Producer: Beaty Rubens
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