Viewing The Century - Seamus Heaney

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Poetry Makes Nothing Happen19990816

Seamus Heaney challenges W H Auden's assertion that `Poetry makes nothing happen', focusing on the key role that poetry has played throughout the 20th century.

He illustrates his theme with reference to Osip Mandelstam, Dylan Thomas, WB Yeats, Ts Eliot, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, and draws on BBC archive recordings.

Seamus Heaney's passionately argued piece ends with a reading of his own poem written after the recent death of his friend and fellow poet Joseph Brodsky.

(Originally broadcast as a Sunday Feature).

Poetry Makes Nothing Happen19990117

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney challenges W H Auden's statement that `Poetry makes nothing happen' in order to assert the key role that poetry has played throughout the 20th century.

Illustrating his talk with reference to Osip Mandelstam and Dylan Thomas, W B Yeats and T S Eliot, and Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, and drawing extensively on BBC archives, Heaney's passionately argued piece concludes with a magnificent rendition of his own poem written after the recent death of Joseph Brodsky, a friend and fellow poet.