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The Poetry of History - Peterloo and Shelley

Poet Daljit Nagra introduces The Poetry of History – Peterloo and Shelley – how a brutal massacre inspired a poem. From 2006.

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive and selects The Poetry of History – Peterloo and Shelley.

Jonathan Bate investigates the connections between historical events and the poems they inspired.

Jonathan travels to Manchester, scene of the 1819 Peterloo massacre that provoked Shelley's ferocious attack on the government of the day, The Mask of Anarchy.

Poet Tom Paulin and historian Clive Emsley are on hand to measure the weight of the poem as history and verse and watch it roll down the 19th century as a clarion call to the Chartists and a warning about the brutality of the industrial revolution.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

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30 minutes