The poem is read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyflower) on Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast show on www.sfmradio.com.
This is one of the most famous and enduring war poems, and it was written at an historic moment … just after the retreat from Mons and the victory of the Marne.
As to how it came to be written, Laurence Binyon, who celebrated his 70th anniversary on 10 August 1939, says: “I can’t recall the exact date beyond that it was shortly after the retreat. I was set down, out of doors, on a cliff in Polzeath, Cornwall. The stanza “They Shall Grow Not Old” was written first and dictated the rhythmical movement of the whole poem.
Robert Frost was an American poet highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. A popular and often-quoted poet, Frost was honoured frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
On Saturday morning breakfast on 106.9 SFM Gill Fraser Lee reads his poem Ghost House.
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Every Saturday morning on the 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show Tranquil Time is broadcast at around 07:50 featuring poems from various poets. Today’s poem is by Robert Louis Stevenson and read by Gill Fraser Lee who tweets from @AHappyflower.
When John Betjeman’s Collected Poems came out in 1958 they made publishing history and have since sold over two and a quarter million copies.
But Betjeman was not only a poet. Through his broadcasting and journalism he opened people’s eyes to the value of the buildings and landscape around them and became Britain’s grand champion of its heritage.
On the 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show with Jason McCrossan – Tranquil Time at 07:50am is our poetry spot – a time to allow the stresses and strains of the day to wash away.
This poem is called the ‘Hunter Trials’ by John Betjeman, It is read by Matthew Ward.
Sara Trevor Teasdale was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1884. She published Sonnets to Duse, and Other Poems, in her first volume of verse, in 1907. Her second collection, Helen of Troy, and Other Poems, followed in 1911, and her third, Rivers to the Sea, in 1915.
Gill Fraser Lee reads her poem There Will Come Soft Rains on Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast Show on 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com