The comic poet Elvis Mcgonagall explores the world of satiric verse and discusses the craft of writing it.
Elvis appeared on the poetry scene eight years ago, choosing his idiosyncratic nom de plume just before stepping on stage for the first time.
In common with several before him and one or two since, he found his way into comedy through verse and into poetry through satire.
But what is it that makes poetry such a good vehicle for jokes? And why are satirists like himself driven to write it?
Elvis analyses the fine art of writing satiric verse in conversation with a range of poets.
Elvis will be asking questions like: "Which rhythms are funniest?" "Why does a rhyme make a slightly lame joke sound twice as good?" "How does your subject affect your meter?" and "Can funny poems be good poems as well?"
This programme will guide us through the dos and don'ts of writing the very funniest verse.
'A Doggerel Bard' is how W.S.Gilbert once described himself in the 'Bab' Ballads.
Producer: Frank Stirling.