In our eleventh programme Lance reads six favourite poems about Christmas and the festive season. The poems are Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Eddi’s Service’, Michael Hewlett’s ‘When God Almighty Came To Be One Of Us’, John Betjeman’s ‘Christmas’, Veronica Zundel’s ‘Incarnation’, Christina Rossetti’s ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and Norman Nicholson’s ‘Carol for the Last Christmas Eve.’
Thanks to Aitken Alexander Associates who represent the Estate of John Betjeman.
‘Incarnation’ is recorded by kind permission of the writer, Veronica Zundel. She writes non-fiction for the Christian market and has recently graduated, with distinction, from the Poetry School/Newcastle University MA in Writing Poetry, with poems published in various anthologies.
Thanks to the Trustees of the Estate of Norman Nicholson for permission to record his ‘Carol for the Last Christmas Eve’ from his COLLECTED POEMS, published by Faber & Faber.
Michael Hewlett’s ‘When God Almighty came to be one of us’ is Copyright Control. It was published in New Life by Stainer & Bell, 1969.
In our tenth programme Lance responds to a listener request for a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Lance reads five of Kiplings poems including ‘The Camel’s Hump’, ‘The Way Through the Woods’, ‘Tommy’, ‘The Secret of the Machines’ and ‘When Earth’s Last Picture is Painted.’
In our ninth programme we enjoy some poems written for children. Lance picks out five of his favourites: ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ by Edward Lear, ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll, ‘The King’s Breakfast’ by A A Milne, ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare and ‘After Ever Happily’ by Ian Serraillier.
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‘The King’s Breakfast’ by A A Milne. (c) Text by A.A. Milne
‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare. With thanks to the Literary Trustees of Walter de la Mare and The Society of Authors as their Representative.
‘After Ever Happily’ by Ian Serraillier. (c) Estate of Ian Serraillier
In our eighth programme we look at Wordsworth’s famous poem ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802.’ That poem is the climax of Lance’s Guided Poetry Walk along the Banks of the Thames. One of the things Lance shows visitors is a series of paving stones with poem extracts that are on the walkway near the Festival Hall. So on this program Lance reads all four paving stone poems before finishing with Wordsworth’s famous words – just as he does on the walk!
In our seventh programme we look at three of the so-called Metaphysical Poets. ‘The Baite’ by John Donne, ‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell, ‘The Pulley’ by George Herbert and ‘Holy Sonnet X’ by John Donne.
In our sixth programme we read our first listener-nominated poem – ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Since he wrote it while he was Poet Laureate Lance also reads two other poems by famous holders of that office. ’14th November 1973′ by John Betjeman – on the occasion of Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips. And Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Last Post’ – written to commemorate the deaths of two veterans of the First World War.
‘Last Post’ from 1914: Poetry Remembers by Carol Ann Duffy. Publilshed by Faber & Faber, 2015. Copyright (c) Carol Ann Duffy. Recorded by permission of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd, 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN