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The literature of England, analysed, appreciated and recited, by Michael Blackburn.

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The literature of England, analysed, appreciated and recited, by Michael Blackburn.

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    Aristocrats, by Keith Douglas

    Aristocrats, by Keith Douglas

    Keith Douglas was the finest British poet of the Second World War. After fighting in the North African desert he took part in the invasion of Europe and died in Normandy at the age of just 24.

    The version of the poem here is the original one and is, to my mind, superior to the revised version. The text is from the Faber edition of Selected Poems, chosen and introduced by Ted Hughes (London, 1964).

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    An extract from The South Country by Edward Thomas, read by Michael Blackburn

    An extract from The South Country by Edward Thomas, read by Michael Blackburn

    A video from the summerhouse (instead of a podcast) - this brief extract is from The South Country by Edward Thomas (centenary edition of the volume issued by Little Toller Books in 2009).

    For more on Edward Thomas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Thomas_(poet)

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    "Was it a dream?" - An amorous sonnet by Edmund Spenser (Amoretti LXXVII) read by Michael Blackburn.

    "Was it a dream?" - An amorous sonnet by Edmund Spenser (Amoretti LXXVII) read by Michael Blackburn.

    Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1559) is one of the greatest poets of the English Renaissance, best known for his epic, The Faerie Queene.

    This recording is of sonnet LXXVII of Amoretti, a sequence published in 1595.

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    The Erotic Nerve; from A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys

    The Erotic Nerve; from A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys

    This paragraph is from Chapter12 "The Dolorous Blow", of A Glastonbury Romance, by John Cowper Powys.

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    The Poet Holds His Future In His Hand, a poem by B S Johnson read by Michael Blackburn

    The Poet Holds His Future In His Hand, a poem by B S Johnson read by Michael Blackburn

    B S Johnson (1933 - 1973) was a British experimental novelist, poet and film maker. This poem is take from his second collection, Poems Two, published by Trigram Press, London, on 1972.

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    The Spectator, the first article (1711), read by Michael Blackburn.

    The Spectator, the first article (1711), read by Michael Blackburn.

    The first issue of The Spectator came out in 1711. Its opening article was by Joseph Addison.

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