Owen Sheers: A Poet's Guide to Britain
'Owen Sheers is excellent...informative and enthusiastic.'
' This charming series gets to the heart of its subject through the inspiring landscape. '
' Owen Sheers has made a great job of making poetry interesting. '
The Sunday Times
Acclaimed poet and author Owen Sheers presents this enlightening series in which he looks at six great works of poetry about the British landscape. The poems by William Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold, Lynette Roberts, Sylvia Plath, Louis MacNeice and George Mackay Brown explore a sense of place and identity across Britain's most remarkable settings: Westminster Bridge, Dover Beach, a tiny Welsh village, a Yorkshire wooded valley, the Scottish isles; and open the doors to captivating stories about the lives of the poets themselves.
William Wordsworth - Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
Matthew Arnold - Dover Beach
Louis MacNeice Woods
Lynette Roberts - Poem from Llanybri
Sylvia Plath - Hardcastle Crags
George Mackay Brown Hamnavoe
Written and presented by: OWEN SHEERS
Readings by: MICHAEL MALONEY, GINA McKEE, KATHRYN DIMERY & BRIAN COWAN
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Owen Sheers shows his love of these poems and gives us a thorough insight to each of these individuals. We walk away with an understanding their of poetry and them as well. Each of these writers left a lasting impression on many of us; which leaves us with a desire to read more about them - as individuals. Sylvia Plath was born in the US, moved to Britain and died at a young age-thirty; her poetry gives us an insight to her-she committed suicide. George Mackay Brown paid tribute to his father, who was a mailman; a very moving poem. If you enjoy reading poetry, and also enjoy the visualization of the words, then this is definitely a must have.
The book is a collection of poems arranged according to how they describe the landscape of the British Isles. There is a wide selection of poets, some famous some not so well known; Welsh, English, Scots and Irish. Some modern, some classical (Shakespeare, Walter Scott, T.S. Eliot, William Wordsworth, Thomas Hardy, Robert Browning, Waldo Williams, Gerard Manley Hopkins, to name just a few.
The chapters are arranged according to geographic specifics: London and Cities (38 poems); Villages and Towns (31); Mountains and Moorland (32); Islands (27); Woods and Forests (36); Coast and Sea (36). Each section contains a number of poems chosen by Mr. Sheers which, in his opinion, best brings to light the imagery and spirit of that piece of ground. Welsh poets are very well represented with Menna Efin, Idris Davies, R.S. Thomas, Dylan Thomas, Gwyneth Lewis, Gillian Clarke, Christine Evans, Roland Mathias, Jo Shapcott, Dannie Abse, Lynette Roberts, Alun Lewis, Robert Minhinnock, Llewelyn ap y Moel, Waldo Williams.
The DVD takes the first poem in each section and does a thorough study of the poem, the poet, and the place. One of the poets reviewed is actually an American, Sylvia Plath whose poem "Wuthering Heights" is studied. The others include William Wordsworth (Composed Upon Westminster Bridge), Matthew Arnold (Dover Beach), Louis MacNeice (Woods), George Mackay Brown (Hamnavoe) and the Welsh entry Lynette Roberts (Poem from Llanybri). All of these studies are fascinating covering not only the content and meaning of the poem, but the poet, his/her life, where the poem was written, the location of the writing.
Don't know much about poetry. Don't know much about British geography. What a wonderful way to do both. The only thing negative I can say is that Owen should have included some of his own poetry. Or would that be "hubris"?
"A Poet's Guide to Britain" is available on Amazon for $12.38 (book) and $22.14 (video). The book is published by Penguin and the video by Kultur.
Most of all, we liked what we call throwaway shots, those incredibly beautiful scenes that sometimes appear in movies and get no explicit recognition whatever. This video is full of them, superb visual poetry to match the words.