Six Centuries of Verse

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  • Towards the Present, 1934-1984

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    S 1 : Ep 16 - 12/9/84

    Energy and alienation in Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, Philip Larkin, and Ted Hughes. Featured performers: Julian Glover, Anthony Hopkins, and Stacy Keach.
  • Early Twentieth Century, 1914-1939

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 12/2/84

    The refined world-weariness of W.B. Yeats, Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, and W.H. Auden. Featured performers: Isla Blair, Cyril Cusack, Nicholas Gecks, Stacy Keach, and Ian Richardson.
  • Romantics & Realists, 1870-1920

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 11/25/84

    Subtle emotional shadings in Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, A.E. Housman, and Rudyard Kipling. Featured performers: Peggy Ashcroft, Nicholas Gecks, Julian Glover, and Ian Richardson.
  • American Pioneers, 1855-1910

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 11/18/84

    The distinctly American voices of Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, Julia Ward Howe, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson. Featured performers: Stacy Keach and Lee Remick.
  • Victorians, 1837-1901

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 11/11/84

    Love and death in Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Emily Bronte; Christina Rossetti; Robert Browning; Matthew Arnold; and A.C. Swinburne. Featured performers: Peggy Ashcroft, Julian Glover, and Ian Richardson.
  • Younger Romantics, 1800-1824

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 11/4/84

    The brief but dazzling genius of Percy Shelley, John Keats, and Lord Byron. Featured performers: Peggy Ashcroft, Nicholas Gecks, and Ian Richardson.
  • Wordsworth, 1770-1850

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 10/28/84

    Nature and human nature in William Wordsworth. Featured performer: Julian Glover.
  • Romantic Pioneers, 1750-1805

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 10/21/84

    Imagination loosed in William Blake, Christopher Smart, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth. Featured performers: Peggy Ashcroft, Julian Glover, and Ian Richardson.
  • Restoration & Augustan, 1660-1745

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 6/20/84

    Political, social, and literary satire from John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester; John Dryden; Jonathan Swift; and Alexander Pope. Featured performers: Nicholas Gecks, Julian Glover, and Ian Richardson.
  • Milton, 1608-1674

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 6/13/84

    The power of Milton's lyrical poetry and great epic, Paradise Lost. Featured performer: Ian Richardson.
  • Metaphysical & Devotional, 1590-1670

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 6/6/84

    Poems of carnal and spiritual love by John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell. Featured performers: Peggy Ashcroft and Julian Glover.
  • Shakespeare, 1564-1616

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 5/30/84

    The "rough magic" of William Shakespeare's onstage verse. Featured performers: John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, and Ralph Richardson.
  • Medieval-Elizabethan, 1400-1600

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 5/23/84

    Poems by John Skelton, Thomas Wyatt, Chidiock Tichborne, Thomas Nashe, Christopher Marlowe, Walter Raleigh, and William Shakespeare, ranging from simple, heartfelt sentiments to sophisticated social commentary. Featured performers: Peggy Ashcroft, Nicholas Gecks, Julian Glover, and Ian Richardson.moreless
  • Chaucer, 1300-1400

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 5/16/84

    The Canterbury Tales showcases Chaucer's wit and brilliant characterizations. Featured performers: Gary Watson, Brian Coburn, Nicholas Gecks, Gerrard McArthur, and Ian Richardson.
  • Old English

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 5/9/84

    Humor, adventure, faith, and violence in Anglo-Saxon poetry, including Beowulf. Featured performers: Nicholas Gecks and Julian Glover.
  • Chaucer-Ted Hughes, 1384-1984

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 5/2/84

    A sweeping introduction to English-language poetry. Featured performers: Peggy Ashcroft, Cyril Cusack, Nicholas Gecks, Julian Glover, Lee Remick, Ian Richardson, Gary Watson.