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# Title Description Contributor
1 Patience Agbabi reading and conversation

In this podcast the dynamic poet Patience Agbabi is in conversation about her Ted Hughes short-...

Patience Agbabi, Elleke Boehmer, Marion Turner
2 Venus and Adonis

Professor Katherine Duncan Jones, Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College, gives a talk on...

Katherine Duncan Jones
3 Edward Lear's Vision

A talk given at the Ashmolean Museum on Edward Lear’s life, art, and poetry. Edward Lear’s...

Matthew Bevis
4 Edward Lear's Feelings: Weeping

'He weeps by the side of the ocean, He weeps on the top of the hill', the poet wrote of himself...

Matthew Bevis, Jasmine Jagger
5 Popular fiction in World War One

An argument for a more nuanced assessment of the popular literature consumed by the wider public...

Jane Potter
6 Great Writers Inspire- An Introduction to the Project

A short introductory video to the "Great Writers Inspire project.

Joshua Carr
7 Katherine Mansfield and Rhythm Magazine

Dr Faith Binckes explains why modernist short story writer and critic Katherine Mansfield (1888-...

Faith Binckes
8 William Blake

Dr David Fallon introduces the poetry, painting, and engraving of William Blake, focusing on the...

David Fallon
9 18th Century Labouring Class Poetry

Dr Jennifer Batt gives a talk on Stephen Duck, one of the 18th Century labouring-class poets

Jennifer Batt
10 This book of starres': biblical constellations in the poetry of Herbert and Vaughan

Prof Helen Wilcox (Bangor University) gives the third lecture in the Manifold Greatness"...

Helen Wilcox
11 First year English Tutorial: Old English Riddles

A tutorial given by Lucinda Rumsey, Mansfield College, Oxford University, to some first year...

Lucinda Rumsey
# Title Description Contributor
1 Why should we study Old English Literature?

Dr Francis Leneghan of St Cross College, Oxford, discusses his current research around Beowulf...

Francis Leneghan
2 The poetry of war

Explores the aesthetics and impact of war poetry in the early eighteenth century, focussing on...

Abigail Williams
3 The Ladle: a comic poem

Matthew Prior's The Ladle was one of the most popular poems of the eighteenth century. This...

Louise Curran
4 Pastoral Poetry

Introduces the poetry of rural life, and its debt to classical sources.

Kathleen Lawton-Trask
5 The life of epigrams

This podcasts introduces the popular eighteenth century epigram

Dianne Mitchell
6 Petticoats and fashion

An introduction to the world of fashion and the politics of the petticoat, seen through the...

Elizabeth Atkinson
7 From Owen's Doomed Youth, to his doomed youth

Lecture at the event 'Wilfred Owen: From Doomed Youth to the Battle of the Sambre'....

Jean Moorcroft Wilson
8 From Mametz Wood to The General

Lecture on Siegfried Sassoon given at the Imperial War Museum, London, 12th November 2011.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson
9 The Last Phase

A discussion on the last phase of the First World War. A talk given at 'Wilfred Owen: From...

Max Egremont
10 Kipling, the Elton John of his age?

Professor Elleke Boehmer discusses why Kipling's writing, and his poetry of the late...

Elleke Boehmer, Dominic Davies
11 Aime Cesaire and Derek Walcott

Jason Allen offers a comparative discussion of two important Caribbean poets and playwrights,...

Jason Allen, Dominic Davies
12 Shakespeare and Voice

Linda Gates, Professor of Voice at Northwestern University (USA) discusses how Shakespeare'...

Linda Gates
13 A Discussion of Emily Dickinson's 'I started early, took my dog'.

Dr Sally Bayley presents an illuminating reading of Emily Dickinson's 'I started early...

Sally Bayley
14 The Life and Times of Wilfred Owen (lecture)

Free public lecture at Gresham College. Available as video, audio and transcript

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Peter Bunyan, Chris Cuff
15 The Lamb by William Blake

A singing speech-synthesis version of Blake's 'Little Lamb' (1794), created by Bryant O'Hara....

Bryant O'Hara
16 Katherine Mansfield and Rhythm Magazine

Dr Faith Binckes explains why modernist short story writer and critic Katherine Mansfield (1888-...

Faith Binckes
17 William Blake

Dr David Fallon introduces the poetry, painting, and engraving of William Blake, focusing on the...

David Fallon
18 18th Century Labouring Class Poetry

Dr Jennifer Batt gives a talk on Stephen Duck, one of the 18th Century labouring-class poets

Jennifer Batt
19 Cristian Aliaga: Your Virtues Are Your Faults. Poetry Reading (Spanish and English)

A reading by Cristian Aliaga, one of Argentina's outstanding contemporary poets, given at...

Cristian Aliaga, Ben Bollig
20 The Joys of Cricket

This podcast looks at cricket seen through eighteenth-century eyes, focussing on a poem by James...

Adam Rounce
21 Walcott and Naipaul: History and Myth

Catherine Brown, Lecturer in English Literature, compares West Indian writers Derek Walcott and...

Catherine Brown
22 This book of starres': biblical constellations in the poetry of Herbert and Vaughan

Prof Helen Wilcox (Bangor University) gives the third lecture in the Manifold Greatness"...

Helen Wilcox
23 Mary Shelley - Journal of Sorrow

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. In the months immediately following Shelley's...

Nouran Koriem
24 William Godwin- Letter to Mary Shelley

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. This is the letter Godwin wrote to Mary after...

Hoare Nairne
25 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Letter to Mary Shelley

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. 'Everybody is in despair and every thing in...

Henry Cockburn
26 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Adonais. An Elegy on the Death of John Keats

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. This great elegy was prompted by the news of the...

Jordan Saxby
27 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Opening lines of 'The Triumph of Life'

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley worked on 'The Triumph of Life',...

Hoare Nairne
28 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Dedication fair copy of 'With a guitar. To Jane'

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley presented this light-hearted poem, copied...

Jordan Saxby
29 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Fair copy of Ode to the West Wind

Part of the Shelly's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley's best-known poem was written in...

Christopher Adams
30 Who Translates and for Whom?

Fourth part of the What is Translation Podcast series. In this part, the question of who is best...

Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick
31 Can Poetry be Translated?

Third part of the What is Translation podcast series. In this part, the question of whether...

Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick
32 Is there ever a Faithful Translation?

Second part of the What is Translation podcast series. In this part, the question of whether...

Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick
33 War and Civilization Series Lecture 2: War and Poetry

Geoffrey Hill is currently Professor of Literature and Religion at Boston University and in 2009...

Geoffrey Hill
34 First year English Tutorial: Old English Riddles

A tutorial given by Lucinda Rumsey, Mansfield College, Oxford University, to some first year...

Lucinda Rumsey
35 Beowulf reading, ll. 26-52

Reading from Beowulf ll. 26-52 by Stuart D Lee, University of Oxford. Recorded March 2007.

Stuart Lee
# Essay Title Description Contributor
1 How Short Can a Short Poem Be?

One of the most celebrated Christian epigrams is this:

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Julian Thompson
2 This Old Man, That Old Man: Wordsworth Revises Wordsworth

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Julian Thompson
3 This is a place one can go mad in – Ivor Gurney, Asylum Poet

Ivor Gurney was a First World War poet and a composer of beautiful songs, and orchestral and...

Kate Kennedy
4 Wilfred Owen - biography

'My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.'

Stephanie Fishwick, Stuart Lee
5 The Art of Mourning in First World War Poetry

The poetry written during the First World War was often created as an elegiac response to the...

Charlotte Barrett
6 ‘‘Beauty […] lay not within the thing but in what the thing symbolised’’: Female Clothing and the Senses in the Works of Thomas Hardy

By Charlotte Barrett ...

Charlotte Barrett
7 Derek Walcott
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Dominic Davies
8 The Celebration of Nature in Victorian Poetry

Despite the publication of Darwin's radical text On the Origin of Species (1859),which...

Charlotte Barrett
# Title Description Author
1 A Kipling Anthology of Verse

Publisher info: Paris: Nelson, 1925

Ruyard Kipling
2 Goblin Market and Other Poems Christina Rossetti
3 The Sonnets William Shakespeare
4 The Poetical Works of Thomas Hardy (vol 1) Thomas Hardy
# Resource Title Description Contributor
1 Edward Lear's Lines of Flight

The Chatterton Lecture on Poetry, 'Edward Lear's Lines of Flight', delivered by Professor...

Matthew Bevis
2 Paintings, Parrots and Poetry: The Life of Edward Lear

A live event recorded at the Natural History Museum with Matthew Bevis.

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Matthew Bevis
3 The Dying Kiss: Gender and Intimacy in the Trenches of World War I

Article by Santanu Das for the World War I Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings...

Santanu Das
4 Writing about poetry

This learning object suggests an approach to understanding poetry and to give a framework to...

Fleur Corfield
5 Wilfred Owen: The Man and His Poems

A short biography of Wilfred Owen, explaining the context in which his poetry was written.

Fleur Corfield