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

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.