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Scheduled Acts of Criticism


I recommend a listen to this week’s edition of “Poets and the Nation”. It’s a good, intelligent piece of broadcasting about how cultural change in Scotland has been reflected in poetry through the ages. It bounces about time a bit more than last week’s, which is one thing in its favour.


Radio 3 is celebrating the Auden centenary this week. It started with “Six Unexpected Days“, a feature on Auden and the landscape of the Northern Pennines, and continues this week with the first run of a new series “The Essay“, a 15-minute feature broadcast at 11pm Monday to Thursday. Last night‘s essayist was Dana Gioia on Auden as example. Tonight‘s is Kate Clanchy on the early political poetry.

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