What makes a poem special? Considering the ingredients that combine to make great poetry.

Academic, writer, broadcaster and critic Augustine Martin presents the work of American poet Robert Frost and specifically the poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' written in 1922.

The poem describes a man on a horse, on a dark cold night, looking at woods and then deciding that he must move on and keep his promises to life and people. 

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, 
But I have promises to keep, 
Miles to go before I sleep,
Miles to go before I sleep.

Augustine Martin considers the ingredients that make up a good poem and breaks down Frost's work to examine the mood of the poem in terms of the voices, the language, the theme, and the movement.

The primary response to poetry must be one of enjoyment. The mood of the poem gives a magical feeling that you are in a special place at a special time. However, the mood is complicated by the man's feeling that he must move on, that he has obligations. 

This episode of 'Telefís Scoile' was broadcast on 2 May 1974. The presenter is Augustine Martin.

'Telefís Scoile' was an educational television programme that gave school lessons in maths, science and literature. It was first broadcast on 4 February 1964 and continued throughout the 1960s and 1970s.