Behind The Book

Joan Bakewell presents a series of poetry 'detective' programmes in which she traces how different books of poetry came into existence.

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0101Lyrical Ballads2005071720050723

Joan Bakewell presents a series of poetry 'detective' programmes in which she traces how different books of poetry came into existence.

Joan visits Coleridge's cottage in Nether Stowey, Somerset, where she has the rare privilege of handling a 1798 edition.

Then she travels the three miles to Alfoxton House, which William and Dorothy Wordsworth rented in 1797.

Dr Emma Mason, of Warwick University, and Dr Ralph Pite, of Liverpool University, explain the background to the book.

0101Lyrical Ballads2005071720050723

Joan Bakewell presents a series of poetry 'detective' programmes in which she traces how different books of poetry came into existence.

Joan visits Coleridge's cottage in Nether Stowey, Somerset, where she has the rare privilege of handling a 1798 edition.

Then she travels the three miles to Alfoxton House, which William and Dorothy Wordsworth rented in 1797.

Dr Emma Mason, of Warwick University, and Dr Ralph Pite, of Liverpool University, explain the background to the book.

0102The Waste Land2005072420050730

Joan discovers that the present owners of T S Eliot's flat in London, where he was living at the time of writing the poem, are enthusiastic devotees.

And Eliot expert, Professor Lawrence Rainey, and poet, Sam Milne, join Joan as they head towards the City where Eliot worked at Lloyds Bank for many years.

0102The Waste Land2005072420050730

Joan discovers that the present owners of T S Eliot's flat in London, where he was living at the time of writing the poem, are enthusiastic devotees.

And Eliot expert, Professor Lawrence Rainey, and poet, Sam Milne, join Joan as they head towards the City where Eliot worked at Lloyds Bank for many years.

0103Beowulf2005073120050806

The origins of this poem are difficult to trace because it is generally thought to have started in the oral tradition.

However Joan's experts this week, Professor Elaine Treharne and Dr Andrew Prescott, do agree that the Anglo-Saxon burial ground of Sutton Hoo in Suffolk gives a very visible clue to life at the time of this great epic poem.

0103Beowulf2005073120050806

The origins of this poem are difficult to trace because it is generally thought to have started in the oral tradition.

However Joan's experts this week, Professor Elaine Treharne and Dr Andrew Prescott, do agree that the Anglo-Saxon burial ground of Sutton Hoo in Suffolk gives a very visible clue to life at the time of this great epic poem.

0104 LASTThe Mersey Sound2005080720050813

Liverpool 8, now more commonly known as Toxteth, was the birthplace of this book of poems in 1967.

Joan takes Roger Mcgough and Brian Patten back to Brian's attic flat where the book was born and they revisit the Everyman Theatre where they were contemporaries of John Lennon and Paul Mccartney

0104 LASTThe Mersey Sound2005080720050813

Liverpool 8, now more commonly known as Toxteth, was the birthplace of this book of poems in 1967.

Joan takes Roger Mcgough and Brian Patten back to Brian's attic flat where the book was born and they revisit the Everyman Theatre where they were contemporaries of John Lennon and Paul Mccartney