For the second time in the series, Heaney discusses reading poems aloud and the issue of poets reading their own work.
- Title Reading Poetry
- 1st Broadcast 25/09/1978
- ContributorSeamus Heaney (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:02:09
- Material Type Audio
- Series title Poems Plain
- Clip title Reading Poems Aloud
- Extended description
For the second time in the series, Heaney discusses reading poems aloud and the issue of poets reading their own work. He thinks that the medium of radio offers a way of listening actively and accurately. There is a definitive element in a poet's reading. The rasp in Louis MacNeice's voice is related to a similar quality in his writing.
‘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 on 'Folio' in 1984. © RTÉ Archives 3031/007
- Local keywords Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Reading, Louis MacNeice
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Arts and Culture
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel Radio Éireann
- Production year 1978
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier AA1684
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
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