Poetry is a thing that we encounter and re-encounter throughout our lives.

Rhymes are handed down to us children by the elders, teaching us early on the power of words to express the complexities and simplicities of life. When it comes to the end of our lives at times like funerals, again poetry can allow us to express things we are unable to find words for. We rely on poets, masters of their craft, to capture the human condition in ways the rest of us often can't. 

On Simply Folk on RTÉ Radio 1 this weekend for World Poetry Day, Ruth Smith curates an hour of songs adapted from poems by William Blake, Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh, featuring artists such as Mary Black, Marcia Howard, Lelyla McCalla, Lisa Hannigan, Saint Sister and many more.  Listen above...

Simply Folk at 10pm on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday nights - listen back here.