Heaney reflects on how most people's introduction to poetry is in the classroom.
- Title Introduction to Poetry
- 1st Broadcast 04/09/1978
- ContributorSeamus 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.
‘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
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
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