6 episodes

Written and presented by Matthew Bevis and Jasmine Jagger. This series of 4 short programmes considers the life and achievements of Edward Lear and studies how the poet's feelings are explored in his work. The series showcases the astonishing range of Lear's abilities by looking at his nonsense writing alongside many other forms of expression (letters, diaries, drawings, and paintings).

Edward Lear's Feelings Oxford University

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Written and presented by Matthew Bevis and Jasmine Jagger. This series of 4 short programmes considers the life and achievements of Edward Lear and studies how the poet's feelings are explored in his work. The series showcases the astonishing range of Lear's abilities by looking at his nonsense writing alongside many other forms of expression (letters, diaries, drawings, and paintings).

    • video
    Introduction

    Introduction

    This programme introduces Lear and outlines the structure of the programmes. Each episode will take on a different emotion or affect - wonder, disgust, laughter, tears - and offer some approaches to Lear by looking at how his feelings become entwined with his words, his pictures, and his thoughts.

    • 4 min
    • video
    Wonder

    Wonder

    This programme examines different meanings of 'wonder' in Lear - as both a positive and a negative emotion, and as something in between. It studies his paintings alongside his nonsense, and closes with a reading of his poem 'Some Incidents in the Life of My Uncle Arly'.

    • 5 min
    • video
    Disgust

    Disgust

    This programme explores appetite, desire, and disgust in Lear. It studies a range of limericks alongside his diaries and letters, and considers how the author's disgust at his own mental and physical torments finds its way into his work.

    • 5 min
    • video
    Laughter

    Laughter

    Lear once spoke of 'this ludicrously whirligig life which one suffers from first and laughs at afterwards.' This programme studies the intertwining of the laughable and the lamentable in Lear's work, examining how serio-comic forms of expression explore mixed feelings.

    • 8 min
    • video
    Weeping

    Weeping

    'He weeps by the side of the ocean, He weeps on the top of the hill', the poet wrote of himself in 'How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear'. This programme considers when and why people cry in Lear's work, and considers how - or how far - tears offer catharsis.

    • 5 min
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    ‘Edward Lear’s Vision’, by Professor Matthew Bevis

    ‘Edward Lear’s Vision’, by Professor Matthew Bevis

    A talk given at the Ashmolean Museum on Edward Lear’s life, art, and poetry. Edward Lear’s achievements – as a nonsense poet, scientific illustrator, and landscape painter – have often been studied in isolation from each other. This lecture explores the remarkable interconnections between them, and shows how he attempts to forge new conversations between paint and print, images and words. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 5 min

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