Sunday, November 02, 2014

Book: Poetry Please - The Nation's Best-Loved Poems (BBC Radio 4)


Poetry Please is based on a BBC Radio 4 programme that has been on the airwaves since 1979. The book contains 350 poems arranged by theme, and makes for relaxed browsing on a lazy weekend.

As a poetry Philistine, I can at least say I have tried and given poetry a chance, even if the turn out was that I marked a mere ten poems as worth keeping for future reference. The famous poets such as Tennyson, Coleridge, Bronte and Keats, with all their 'whilts', 'thou's', 'thences', and 'o'ers', all failed me (yes, they failed me, not the other way around!). I do like Ozymandias by Shelly, which does take some contextual understanding, but it is short and powerful, and gets extra points for featuring in Breaking Bad.

In coming blog posts, I will publish my favourite poems from the book. Brace yourselves.

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