An Ode To John Keats

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Sasha Dugdale on Ode to a Nightingale20190110

1819 was a stunningly fertile year for John Keats, when he wrote five of the greatest odes in the English language and actually introduced words and phrases never heard before - "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.....", "Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty....." "O for a beaker full of the warm South....."

Five leading contemporary poets each celebrate a single ode.

4.Sasha Dugdale on Ode to a Nightingale

Producer; Beaty Rubens

John Keats' stunningly fertile year - 1819 - celebrated by five contemporary poets

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

01Alice Oswald on Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn.20190107

1819 was a stunningly fertile year for John Keats, when he wrote five of the greatest and most frequently anthologised odes in the English language, fresh-minting phrases now in common use, such as "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.....","Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty....." and "O, for a beaker full of the warm South....."

All this week, leading contemporary poets each celebrate a single ode, explaining what it means to them.

From her home in rural Devon, Alice Oswald brings together her unique blend of poetic sensibility, classical scholarship and personal impressions as she explores Keats' great poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn.

Classically educated poet and former gardener, Alice Oswald, has won many awards and is commonly considered to be amongst the greatest poets writing in English today.

Producer: Beaty Rubens

John Keats' stunningly fertile year - 1819 - celebrated by five leading contemporary poets

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

02Sean O'Brien on Ode on Melancholy20190108

In 1819, John Keats wrote five of the greatest odes in the English language. Five leading contemporary poets each celebrate a single ode.
2.Sean O'Brien on Ode on Melancholy

1819 was a stunningly fertile year for John Keats, when he wrote five of the greatest odes in the English language and actually introduced words and phrases never heard before - "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.....", "Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty....."

The multiple award-winning poet Sean O'Brien explores the depth and meaning of Ode on Melancholy, both uncovering Keats' mastery of the language and sharing how important the poem has been to him personally since the loss of fellow-poet and friend Michael Donaghy, who used to recite the ode by heart.

Producer: Beaty Rubens

John Keats' stunningly fertile year - 1819 - celebrated by five top contemporary poets.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

03Frances Leviston on Ode to Autumn20190109

1819 was a stunningly fertile year for John Keats, when he wrote five of the greatest odes in the English language and actually introduced words and phrases never heard before - "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.....", "Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty....." . Five leading contemporary poets each celebrate a single ode.

3.Frances Leviston celebrates perhaps Keats' best-loved and most frequently anthologised poem, Ode to Autumn, exploring both its depiction of the bounty of autumn and its forebodings of death.

Producer : Beaty Rubens

John Keats' stunningly fertile year - 1819 - celebrated by five top contemporary poets

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

04Sasha Dugdale on Ode to a Nightingale20190110

1819 was a stunningly fertile year for John Keats, when he wrote five of the greatest odes in the English language and actually introduced words and phrases never heard before - "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.....", "Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty....." "O for a beaker full of the warm South....."

Five leading contemporary poets each celebrate a single ode.

4.Sasha Dugdale on Ode to a Nightingale

Producer; Beaty Rubens

John Keats' stunningly fertile year - 1819 - celebrated by five contemporary poets

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

05Paul Batchelor On Ode To Psyche20190111

1819 was a stunningly fertile year for John Keats, when he wrote five of the greatest odes in the English language and actually introduced words and phrases never heard before - "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness....", "Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty....". "O for a beaker full of the warm South...."

Five leading contemporary poets each celebrate a single ode.

5. Paul Batchelor on Ode to Psyche

Keats wrote "Ode to Psyche" in spring of 1819 and it was the first of his great odes in that year, , which include "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "Ode to a Nightingale".

Poet Paul Batchelor explores what is perhaps the least familiar of the great 1819 odes for contemporary readers.

Producer: Beaty Rubens

John Keats' stunningly fertile year - 1819 - celebrated by five leading contemporary poets

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond