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  1. Private Joseph Kay (2018)

    Director
    Matt Kay
    Subject
    History; Literature

    Jackie Kay’s poem Private Joseph Kay is dedicated to her grandfather who fought at the Somme. This short film, made by award-winning director Matthew Kay, responds to the poem and the themes it raises. [7...

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  2. Homer’s Iliad Via the Movie Troy (2004) (2017)

    Subject
    Film studies; Literature

    Homer’s Iliad, the earliest Greek poem, narrates the archetypal war between ‘Europeans’ and ‘Asiatics’ divided by the Hellespont. Looking at Wolfgang Peterson’s blockbuster Troy (2004), the...

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  3. The Age of Tyrants: Sappho Via Gounod’s Opera (2017)

    Subject
    Film studies; Literature

    The heroine of Charles Gounod’s French opera Sapho (1851) sings her last aria O My Immortal Lyre on a Greek cliff before plunging to her death. Sappho, the most famous poet of the ‘Lyric Age’ of...

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  4. Aberfan: The Green Hollow (2016)

    Subject
    Literature

    A film poem commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, performed by Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, Sian Phillips, Eve Myles and Iwan Rheon. [60 minutes]

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  5. By Our Selves (2016)

    Director
    Andrew Kötting
    Subject
    English language and literature
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 83 minutes), £22.99

    BY OUR SELVES documents a four-day walk made by the English poet John Clare from an asylum in the Epping Forest up into Northamptonshire. Toby Jones, Iain Sinclair and a Straw Bear follow in his footsteps...

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  6. Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death (2015)

    Director
    Richard Curson Smith
    Subject
    English language and literature

    Documentary examining how the poet’s life shaped his work. Includes an interview with Hughes’ daughter Frieda as well as testimony from friends and family. [89 minutes]

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  7. Poetry: Between the Lines - The Romantics (2015)

    Subject
    English language and literature

    Hip-hop artist Akala explores the language, form and themes of the Romantic era, and explores the effect it has had in shaping our society. Among the poets discussed are Wordsworth, Byron, Blake, Shelley and...

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  8. Ted Hughes Dreamtime (2015)

    Subject
    English language and literature
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 50 minutes), £9.99

    Ted Hughes was one of the major poets of his generation. His older brother Gerald Hughes wrote a memoir of their relationship called ‘Ted and I’. The two brothers were close all their lives. This DVD is...

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  9. Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the Doomed Poet (2015)

    Subject
    English language and literature

    Poet Michael Symmons Roberts and Queen guitarist Brian May explore 18th-century poet Thomas Chatterton, whose early death epitomises the image of the "tortured genius".

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  10. First World War in Poetry (2014)

    Subject
    Literature
    Distribution
    Sale, Audio (CD, 70 minutes), £10.00

    Selection of poems written about the First World War read by actor Rory Kinnear. Among the poets represented are Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Thomas Hardy, Laurence Binyon,...

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