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This is a programme in which Graham Martin, Reader in Literature at the Open University, examines sone of the ways in which the language of poetry differs from everyday language. The programme open...s with a film of Louis MacNiece's "Birmingham" and closes with a film of Philip Larkin1s "Here" - about Hull - which is read by the author hinself. Between these two descriptive poens - which the student can contrast - Graham Martin describes metaphor, rhyme and rhythm and the part they play in poetic statement. He uses examples from English and American poetry. The programme reiterates some points made in the correspondence unit but is basically self-contained. It provides a lively and stimulating introduction to the techniques of the textual analysis of poetry. The poems are read by Gary Watson.
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Module code and title: A100, Humanities: a foundation course
Item code: A100; 09
First transmission date: 10-03-1971
Published: 1971
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Duration: 00:24:27
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Producer: Nuala O'Faolain
Contributors: Graham Martin; Gary Watson
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Eliot; Language; Larkin; Literature; Macneice; Poetry
Footage description: Shots of several people giving their opinions of poetry. All give negative views. Shot of Robert Frost reading one of his poems. G. Martin discusses the techniques used by the poet for drawing the reader/listener into a desired pattern of feeling. Poem "Birmingham " by Louis MacNeice is read. The reading is accompanied by film shots of Birmingham city life. G. Martin discusses the poem and MacNeice's techniques. Metaphorical expression as a poetic device taken up by G. Martin. In his discussion Martin uses the following examples. "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons" "He kept tears like dirty postcards in a drawer." " To take arms against a sea of troubles". These lines are all shown in animated captions as they are discussed by Martin. Rhythm as a poetic technique is taken up by G. Martin. Lines from T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land' are read. Martin discusses Eliots use of rhythm. Use of both rhythm and rhyme discussed by Martin and example s read. Final couplet of a verse from Cymbeline read. Lines are shown in an animated caption. As a further example of the use of rhythm, Emily Dickinson's poem "After Great Pain" is read by G. Watson. The lines are shown in an animated caption. G. Martin discusses the poem. The importance of World Order in poetry is taken up by Martin. Lines from Philip Larkins poem "Here" are read and shown on animated caption. Martin discusses the poem. The rest of the poem "Here" is read with shots of the city of Hull and its surroundings.
Master spool number: 6LT/70136
Production number: 00520_1309
Videofinder number: 2367
Available to public: no