7 episodes

Frank Skinner loves poetry. And he thinks you might like it too. Join Frank each week as he takes you through some of his choice picks of poems. There may be laughter. There may be tears. There will certainly be poetry.

Frank Skinner's Poetry Podcast is produced by Sarah Bishop. It is an Avalon production for Bauer Media.

Frank Skinner's Poetry Podcast Bauer Media

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    • 4.5, 35 Ratings

Frank Skinner loves poetry. And he thinks you might like it too. Join Frank each week as he takes you through some of his choice picks of poems. There may be laughter. There may be tears. There will certainly be poetry.

Frank Skinner's Poetry Podcast is produced by Sarah Bishop. It is an Avalon production for Bauer Media.

    Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Gerard Manley Hopkins

    In the last of the series, Frank showers in the word-waterfall that is the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

    • 32 min
    Caroline Knox

    Caroline Knox

    Frank is often attracted to a poem by its title. This week he discusses 'Famous Bigshots' by Caroline Knox.

    • 31 min
    Philip Larkin

    Philip Larkin

    Frank tells how Philip Larkin’s ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ gave him a massive panic attack.
    Poems referenced:
    Philip Larkin – Wild Oats
    Philip Larkin - Dockery and Son
    Philip Larkin - An Arundel Tomb

    • 39 min
    Donna Stonecipher

    Donna Stonecipher

    Frank Skinner takes us on a guided tour of Donna Stonecipher’s ‘Model City’.
    Poems Referenced:
    Richard Harris Barham (Thomas Ingoldsby) - The Lay of Saint Cuthbert
    From Donna Stonecipher’s ‘Model City’:
    Number 8
    Number 47
    Number 19
    Number 14
    Number 69
    Number 51

    • 30 min
    The Beat Poets

    The Beat Poets

    Frank Skinner celebrates the Beat Poets – a generation of poets in the 1940s and 50s who rebelled against American conventions, championed ‘spontaneous writing’, and won over Frank in a school assembly.
    Poems referenced include:
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Sometime During Eternity
    Gregory Corso - Man About to Enter Sea
    Allen Ginsberg - Sunflower Sutra
    William Wordsworth - I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti – He
    Plus Frank argues that Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is a poem too.

    • 34 min
    Stevie Smith and William Carlos Williams

    Stevie Smith and William Carlos Williams

    Frank Skinner delves into Stevie Smith's 'Not Waving But Drowning', and William Carlos Williams' 'Dance Russe'. There will be no guests, just Frank exploring different poems every week.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

2TCW ,

Infectious enthusiasm

Skinner’s enthusiasm is infectious and has resurrected a long-dormant interest in poetry. Thank you! Hopefully, there will be another series of this podcast.

ArmlessAmbidextrian ,

Favourite new podcast.

Who knew listening to Frank Skinner get increasingly excited as he reads poetry aloud would be so fun. Nice, easy appreciation of poetry. And mercifully no talk of Covid.

JmxMurphy ,

Giving poetry back to the fans.

Frank talks about poetry from inside it rather than from some lofty perch. He brings the critical, historical, philosophical and personal approaches together perfectly.
His enthusiasm for his subject is real and inspiring.
This podcast undoes all the damage many of our secondary school teachers clumsily inflicted. Really fun, really informative.

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