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Best Second Hand Poets podcasts we could find (updated April 2020)
Best Second Hand Poets podcasts we could find
Updated April 2020
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Microlectures and readings from English literature; by Michael Blackburn, writer, poet, retired lecturer.A traditional approach to the appreciation of literature. English Readings comprises two strands. The first is brief lectures/podcasts on specific texts or authors which may, I hope, prove of some interest to students and those with a love of English literature; the second is short readings of extracts from texts that may not be so well-known but which deserve a wider readership. These po ...
 
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A video from the summerhouse (instead of a podcast) - this brief extract is from The South Country by Edward Thomas (centenary edition of the volume issued by Little Toller Books in 2009).For more on Edward Thomas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Thomas_(poet)If you have enjoyed this podcast or others on my channel please consider showing your…
 
Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1559) is one of the greatest poets of the English Renaissance, best known for his epic, The Faerie Queene.This recording is of sonnet LXXVII of Amoretti, a sequence published in 1595.If you have enjoyed this podcast or others on my channel please consider showing your appreciation by making a donation, however small, to https…
 
B S Johnson (1933 - 1973) was a British experimental novelist, poet and film maker. This poem is take from his second collection, Poems Two, published by Trigram Press, London, on 1972.If you have enjoyed this podcast or others on my channel please consider showing your appreciation by making a donation, however small, to https://www.paypal.me/Sunk…
 
"The Little Dancers" is a short poem by Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943) who is better known for his WW1 poem, "For the Fallen" and "The Burning of the Leaves.If you have enjoyed this podcast or others on my channel please consider showing your appreciation by making a donation, however small, to https://www.paypal.me/SunkIslandImage by Strang c/o Wik…
 
The short extract here comes from Arthur Koestler's memoir, Scum of the Earth, which recounts how he survived internment as a foreign national in France at the beginning the Second World War, escaped the Nazis and finally arrived in England, where he lived for the rest of his life.Koestler had been a committed Communist and been imprisoned by the F…
 
This is a brief introduction to the poet, Brian Higgins (1930 - 1965). A recording of one of his poems is also available on this channel.Higgins’s first collection, The Only Need, was published by Abelard-Schuman (New York - London - Toronto) in 1960, the second, Notes While Travelling, by Longmans (London) in 1964, and the final one (posthumously)…
 
Given the increasing opposition to the idea and practice of free speech in western society, and most disturbingly in the universities, it is salutary to remember the words of J S Mill. This brief extract is taken from his famous essay On Liberty.PIcture of J S Mill courtesy of Wikipedia.If you enjoyed this or other videos on my channel please consi…
 
This extract is taken from Volume 2 (or The Second Partition, as it is called in the book) of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy (1651-2), section 6.The Anatomy is a great disquisition on melancholy, which, in its more extreme forms, today we would term depression. In this brief extract Burton is examining how we can use reason to combat its…
 
John Locke (1632 - 1704) was an English philosopher. This piece is part of the long essay, Conduct of the Understanding, which was published posthumously in 1706. Among his other major works are An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Two Treatises of Government.Locke’s Conduct of the Understanding, edited by Thomas Fowler, D.D., Cambridge, Cla…
 
Thomas Love Peacock, in his 1818 comic novel, Nightmare Abbey, presents us with Stella, an early version of the social justice warrior.If you enjoyed this or other videos on my channel please consider showing your appreciation by making a donation, however small, via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/SunkIsland…
 
This is just a short personal memoir of Ken, with a reading of two of his early poems, to celebrate what would have been his 80th year. This is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of Tristan Crazy by Bloodaxe Books. “Another part of his childhood” is from The Poet Reclining: Selected Poems 1962-1980, Bloodaxe, 1982.“Nine: Shorty’s advice t…
 
Merry England - a visionary, idyllic and mainly pastoral idea of “deep” England that still persists.“At last, England had some inkling of her strength, the power drawn from a well-knit body and young muscle...This consciousness, this pride of strength was what made England merry: not merry in the sense of pleasant, but a fierce joy, a merriness as …
 
On the English, by Santayana: for St George’s DayThis extract is from Soliloquies in England by the Spanish-American philosopher, George Santayana (1863 - 1952). Santayana spent five years in England as the Great War raged on the Continent. This gave him ample time to study the British character and the nature of England.The text of Soliloquies is …
 
This extract is from the essay, “Hannah Bint”, included in Some Sketches of English Life and Character, by Mary R Mitford.Mary Mitford (1787-1855) was a successful author and dramatist whose work is now, unfortunately, little known. She specialised in writing about English rural life.More on Mary R Mitford - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Russe…
 
The Last Enemy is a classic of Second World War literature. It was written by Richard Hillary, a fighter pilot who fought in the Battle of Britain. The book recounts his experiences and the aftermath of being shot down and suffering appalling burns to the face and hands. He recovered well enough to fly again, but not fighters. He was killed in a tr…
 
Thomas Hardy wrote this poem in 1899, just after the start of the Boer War. It is one of a number of poems written in response to that war.This interpretation considers the importance of the idea of home with regard to Hodge's fate.Image: c/o the internet.If you enjoyed this or other videos on my channel please consider showing your appreciation by…
 
Michael Blackburn reads a section of Part 2 of David Jones's modernist poem about the First World War, In Parenthesis.In this excerpt John Ball, the poem's protagonist, experiences for the first time the close explosion of a shell.The text is from the 1978 Faber edition.Image: "Frontispiece" to In Parenthesis. The David Jones Society - http://www.d…
 
The Hound of the Baskervilles is not just a tale of good versus evil but also one of the ancient world meeting the modern. The atavistic part of the human psyche as represented by the natural world of Dartmoor versus the enlightened modernity of Holmes and the new Lord Baskerville. With a touch of Gothick. A microlecture by Michael Blackburn.For ot…
 
References: “Edward Thomas in Heaven” by P J Kavanagh; and Now All Roads Lead to France by Matthew Hollis.Photograph c/o Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University.If you enjoyed this or other videos on my channel please consider showing your appreciation by making a donation, however small, via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/SunkIsland…
 
Concerning individual liberty and the state: Samuel Smiles, John Stuart Mill, Matthew Arnold, Herbert Spencer.Reading List:Self-Help, Samuel SmilesOn Liberty, J S MillCulture and Anarchy, Matthew ArnoldThe Man versus the State, Herbert SpencerIf you enjoyed this or other videos on my channel please consider showing your appreciation by making a don…
 
Brian Higgins (1930 - 1965) is now forgotten as a poet but published three collections of poetry during his lifetime. This poem, “Analogy” comes from his second, Notes While Travelling (Longmans, London, 1964).His first collection, The Only Need, was published by Abeland-Schuman (New York - London - Toronto) in 1960, and the final one (posthumously…
 
Ford Madox Ford, 1873 - 1939.Best known as the author of such novels as The Good Soldier and No More Parades, Ford was also an accomplished modernist poet. He enlisted with the Welch Regiment in 1915 at the age of 41, served at the front and was wounded. “Nostalgia” (with the alternative title, "The Iron Music”) is one of a number of poems that tak…
 
In this second podcast on Tennyson's "Ulysses" I explain the origin of Tennyson's poem in Dante's Inferno.Image: The Procession of the Trojan Horse into Troy by Tiepolo, c/o Wikipedia/National Gallery.If you enjoyed this or other videos on my channel please consider showing your appreciation by making a donation, however small, via PayPal: https://…
 
A brief look at Tennyson's poem, discussing the complexity of Ulysses with regard to heroism and the ego.This is the first of two podcasts, the second concerning Dante's version of the fate of Ulysses, as used in Tennyson's poem.Cover image: Adventures of Ulysses by Apollonio, courtesy of Wikipedia.If you enjoyed this or other videos on my channel …
 
An introduction to close reading - which I demonstrate by analysing the first four paragraphs of The Fox by D H Lawrence.Poster image of the 1967 film c/o Wikipedia.If you enjoyed this or other videos on my channel please consider showing your appreciation by making a donation, however small, via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/SunkIsland…
 
This is an extract from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions by the poet, John Donne, and contains the well-known caution, “therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” The text is taken from The Oxford Book of English Prose, Sir Arthur Quiller Couch (ed.), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1958.Image of John Donne c/o Wiki…
 
A 3-minute lecture on the theme of absent mothers and bad fathers in George Eliot's novel, Silas Marner.Please note that "patriarch" is used in a traditional sense here, as in a father, founder or head of a family or clan; a venerable old man, ideally symbolising or embodying the positive virtues of the male (its complement being the matriarch). It…
 
Of Studies, from the collected Essays of Francis Bacon.Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was an English philosopher, scientist and statesman. He wrote a number of influential works, including The Advancement of Learning, New Atlantis and, more notably, a series of pieces simply collected under the title, Essays.Abeunt studia in mores = studies become habit…
 
Thomas Traherne, 1637-1674, born in Hereford, England, was a poet and writer of religious works. He was ordained a minister of the Church of England. For nearly two hundred years his writings had remained in manuscript until their were finally published in 1908. This particular section of the meditations concerns the visionary nature of childhood.I…
 
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