Poetry in the Classroom

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney reflects on how most people's introduction to poetry is in the classroom.

  • Title
    Introduction to Poetry
  • 1st Broadcast
    04/09/1978
  • Contributor
    Seamus Heaney (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:28
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Poems Plain
  • Clip title
    Poetry in the Classroom
  • Extended description

    Heaney reflects on how most people's introduction to poetry is in the classroom in this extract from the first 'Poems Plain' programme. "It means perhaps the recollection of lines learned by heart by intense repetition, or not learned by heart and paid for by intense application of the strap or the cane". It being September, and the start of a new school year, he tells how he himself recited Keats's poem 'Ode to Autumn' in his first week at St Columb's in Derry.

  • Information

    ‘Poems Plain’ was a short weekly poetry programme featuring the presenter’s choice of poets and poetry. Its first presenter was Seamus Heaney. His successors were Michael Hartnett and Seamus Deane. ‘Poems Plain’ began on 4 September 1978 and ended on 4 August 1982.

    The accompanying image shows Seamus Heaney in 1983. © RTÉ Archives 2000/017

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Education, Poems Plain, John Keats, Ode to Autumn, St Columb's, Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
  • Production year
    1978
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA1682
  • 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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