"Articulation of Perfectly Combined Sounds"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney talks about the relationship between the written and spoken word.

  • Title
    A Poet's Ear
  • 1st Broadcast
    13/04/1989
  • Contributor
    Mike Murphy (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:36
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    The Arts Show
  • Clip title
    "Articulation of Perfectly Combined Sounds"
  • Extended description

    Heaney talks about the relationship a writer has with his own voice and the connection between the written word and the articulation of sounds. You need a good ear to write verse. What makes poetry memorable is rhythm. Most writers hear their work in the inner ear.

  • Information

    ‘The Arts Show’ was a radio arts programme presented by Mike Murphy. It was first broadcast on 13 September 1988. According to the RTÉ Guide, it was “a major commitment by RTÉ to the arts in Ireland”, with three programmes a week from Tuesday to Thursday RTÉ Radio 1.  It intended to emphasise “enjoyment of the arts and celebrating the rich diversity of what is happening all over the country” (RTÉ Guide, 9 September 1988, p. 26). ‘The Arts Show’ ended when Mike Murphy retired from RTÉ. The last programme was broadcast on 2 June 2000.

    The accompanying image shows Seamus Heaney on 'The Poet's Voice' in 1987. The photographer was Eve Holmes. © RTÉ Archives 2259/027

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Mike Murphy
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1989
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA4915
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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