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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. 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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  6. 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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  7. Team Teaching Shakespeare (2011 Video)

    Subject
    Drama; Education; Shakespeare

    Educational television. English KS3 students work together in an introductory lesson on analysing Shakespeare. English teacher, Karen McWilliam, and lead teacher in English Carol Weale, joined their Year 9...

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  8. Lamia (2011)

    Subject
    Drama; Literature

    A BBC Radio 4 dramatic adaptation of Keats’ narrative poem ‘Lamia’, about the ill-starred love affair of the serpent Lamia, and the innocent mortal Lycius. [1 hour] Featuring original music by John...

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  9. Prelude, The (2011)

    Director
    Susan Roberts
    Subject
    Drama; Literature
    Distribution
    Audio (Download, 115 minutes)

    Ian McKellen reads the compete text of William Wordsworth’s autobiographical poem.Featuring original music by John Harle and singer, Sarah Leonard. With Paterson Joseph as the Narrator, Charlotte Emmerson...

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  10. Seamus Heaney: A Life in Poetry (2010)

    Subject
    Literature

    Audio recording of an interview with Seamus Heaney at the Royal Society of Literature in London on 22/2/2010. The event was held in collaboration with Poet in the City and recorded by the British Library...

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