Next week the BBC Poetry Season gets properly underway with Why Poetry Matters on BBC2 Wednesday at 9.00pm. It’s introduced by Griff Rhys Jones who reads aloud some wonderful works in a charming, and moving, way. Watch it and see the sheer delight of a bunch of school kids when they join Charlie Dark reciting his verse Airborne.
Earlier in the week the long-running Poetry Please is on Radio 4 FM Sunday at 4.30pm, introduced by Roger McGough. This popular poetry request programme returns to celebrate 30 years on air with verse including A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad and Walt Whitman’s O Captain, My Captain.
Daisy Goodwin says…the best poems are perfect distillations of emotion which is why we turn to them at key times in our life.
I agree and think that’s why poetry matters.
Have a good weekend!