Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the poet W.B. Yeats and Irish politics. Yeats lived through a period of great change in Ireland from the collapse of the home rule bill through to the Easter Rising of 1916 and the partitioning of the country. In May 1916, 15 men were shot by the British government. They were the leaders of the Easter Rising – a doomed attempt to overthrow British rule in Ireland - and they were commemorated by W.B. Yeats in a poem called Easter 1916. It ends with the following lines: MacDonagh and MacBrideAnd Connolly and PearseNow and in time to be,Wherever green is worn,Are changed, changed utterly:A terrible beauty is born.Yeats lived through decades of turbulence in Ireland. He saw the suspension of home rule, civil war and the division of the country, but how did the politics of the age imprint themselves on his poetry, what was the nature of Yeats’ own nationalism, and what did he mean by that most famous of phrases ‘a terrible beauty is born’?With Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford University and Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford; Fran Brearton, Reader in English at Queen’s University, Belfast and Assistant Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry; Warwick Gould, Director of the Institute of English Studies in the School of Advanced Study, University of London
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Bill Drummond is driving to every county in Ireland in five days. But what’s driving Bill?
Bill Drummond is many things. As well as an artist, a writer and former pop-star - he’s the owner of an old curfew tower in Northern Ireland which he runs as an artists’ residency. Last year some poets from Belfast’s Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry stayed there and Bill published their collected work in a little black book called The Curfew Tower is Many Things.
Except for a poem the award-winning Belfast poet Stephen Sexton wrote. Apparently that one went missing. So Bill has left two pages blank in the book for Stephen to fill in with poetry as they drive through all of Ireland’s 32 counties in 5 days in a white Ford Transit hire-van, giving out copies as they go.
But what exactly is driving Bill Drummond?
Producer Conor Garrett is there to find out. As they cross the Irish border and over each county boundary, Conor is becoming increasingly concerned he may not have a good enough story for his radio programme. It’s a problem further complicated by the fact Bill won’t talk about his chart-topping ’90s pop band who once famously set fire to a very large pile of their own cash. Then, when a narrative arc does eventually develop, Conor can’t be sure how authentic it is. And what’s all this stuff about eels?
Michael Hulse is an English translator, critic and poet and he’s in conversation with Peter Goldsworthy at Adelaide Writers’ Week.
Hulse has compiled a splendid anthology - The 20th century in Poetry - that comprises not just the greats like T S Eliot but some terrific obscure poets - who’ve written wonderful works. He’s pushed way beyond London and New York in putting together this anthology. If you love poetry - buy the book!
The second half of the conversation focuses on Hulse’s work as a translator - from German to English - he’s probably best known as one of the translators of German writer, W G Sebald. He describes the difficulties in translating accurately the nuances in any work but he’s not above a bit of gossip about some of the writers he translates.
Poets from around the globe have been sending Haikus to a group of scientists in hopes their verse may make it to the planet Mars. Host Rachel Martin has the story.
Film writer, director, producer, actor Shane Carruth burst on the independent film scene in 2004, grabbing the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance with his mind-bending sci-fi drama “Primer,” beating out hot titles like “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Garden State.”
Carruth is almost one-of-a-kind these days. A film poet. A cinema shaman.
In his new film he puts, as one headline has it, “the trance in Transcendentalist.” Thoreau’s “Walden,” strange orchids, mind-control larva, and love — all in one entrancing movie.
Interview: Kevin Young, Editor Of ‘The Hungry Ear’ | Readable Feast: Poems To Feed ‘The Hungry Ear’ : The Salt : NPR
According to poet Kevin Young, the best poems are like the best meals â they’re made from scratch. Young has edited a new collection of poems that celebrate the pleasures of food, from "butter disappearing into whipped sweet potatoes" to oysters that taste like "starlight."
Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping. Reel I ends with some thoughts on Steve Reich and his music.
Today, Charles Babbage writes a letter to Alfred Lord Tennyson. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them.
The British poet and alchemist Thomas Norton used the word "attoms" in his 1477 poem, The Ordinal of Alchemy. Historian Howard Markel explains how Norton came to use the word, and points out earlier philosophers who raised the concept of indivisible units of matter.
Provost of Columbia University Claude Steele reveals how our brains can be hindered by the power of stereotype threats and shows us what we can do to avoid them. Linguist Guy Deutscher explores how different quirks of our mother tongues, such as irregular genders, can create unique habits of mind. Hungarian writer Agnes Lehoczky uses poetry to create new geographies in our minds and suggests that it’s time to rehabilitate the notion of eavesdropping.
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