Under The Influence

Contemporary poets talk about poets whose work has influenced their own.

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Matthew Parris looks at the tradition of heavy drinking in British political life, examining how some politicians have succumbed to the ravages of alcohol while others seem to have thrived despite their habit. And he investigates whether attitudes are now changing in the modern House of Commons.

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Matthew Parris looks at the tradition of heavy drinking in British political life, examining how some politicians have succumbed to the ravages of alcohol, while others seem to have thrived despite their habit.

He also investigates whether attitudes are now changing in the modern House of Commons.

01Anne Stevenson2007073020080902

Anne Stevenson is now in her 70s and for all her writing life, Ts Eliot has been a constant presence.

It is not his religious thinking, nor his striking imagery that influenced her, but rather the rhythms of Eliot's verse.

Anne Stevenson is now in her seventies and for all her writing life Ts Eliot has been a constant presence.

01Anne Stevenson2007073020080902

Anne Stevenson is now in her 70s and for all her writing life, Ts Eliot has been a constant presence.

It is not his religious thinking, nor his striking imagery that influenced her, but rather the rhythms of Eliot's verse.

Anne Stevenson is now in her seventies and for all her writing life Ts Eliot has been a constant presence.

02Imtiaz Dharker20070801

Imtiaz Dharker was born in Pakistan, but grew up in a strict Muslim home in Glasgow before eloping with an Indian Hindu.

It is not surprising then that she is influenced not by a single writer, but a whole school: the Sangam poets who, two millennia ago, wrote their poems in Tamil.

Although Dharker does not know the language, through the lens of their translator Ak Ramanjuan, these ancient poems of love and war have a profound impact on her work today.

02Imtiaz Dharker20070801

Imtiaz Dharker was born in Pakistan, but grew up in a strict Muslim home in Glasgow before eloping with an Indian Hindu.

It is not surprising then that she is influenced not by a single writer, but a whole school: the Sangam poets who, two millennia ago, wrote their poems in Tamil.

Although Dharker does not know the language, through the lens of their translator Ak Ramanjuan, these ancient poems of love and war have a profound impact on her work today.

03 LASTAnne-marie Fyfe2007080220080903

Anne-marie Fyfe grew up in the 1960s in a small coastal town in North Antrim and writes poems about this lifestyle as well as the cosmopolitan life of London.

However, the writer who has influenced her most is Emily Dickinson.

Fyfe explores what draws her to the poet who spent her reclusive life in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the mid 19th century writing nearly 1800 poems distinguished by strange sparky imagery and fractured punctuation.

Anne-marie Fyfe grew up in the 1960s in a small coastal town in North Antrim and writes poems about this and the cosmopolitan life of London.

03 LASTAnne-marie Fyfe2007080220080903

Anne-marie Fyfe grew up in the 1960s in a small coastal town in North Antrim and writes poems about this lifestyle as well as the cosmopolitan life of London.

However, the writer who has influenced her most is Emily Dickinson.

Fyfe explores what draws her to the poet who spent her reclusive life in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the mid 19th century writing nearly 1800 poems distinguished by strange sparky imagery and fractured punctuation.

Anne-marie Fyfe grew up in the 1960s in a small coastal town in North Antrim and writes poems about this and the cosmopolitan life of London.

01Michael Symmons Roberts *2008120120090518

Series in which contemporary poets discuss other writers whose work has influenced their own.

Michael Symmons Roberts, a prolific award-winning poet, novelist and dramatist talks about the work of David Jones, author of In Parenthesis, a modernist epic of the First World War, and The Anathemata, hailed by W H Auden as the finest long poem of the 20th century.

Author Michael Symmons Roberts describes the influence of poet David Jones on his work.

Michael Symmons Roberts, a prolific award-winning poet, novelist and dramatist talks about the work of David Jones, author of In Parenthesis, a modernist epic of the First World War, and The Anathemata, hailed by W H Auden as the finest long poem of this century.

01Michael Symmons Roberts *2008120120090518

Series in which contemporary poets discuss other writers whose work has influenced their own.

Michael Symmons Roberts, a prolific award-winning poet, novelist and dramatist talks about the work of David Jones, author of In Parenthesis, a modernist epic of the First World War, and The Anathemata, hailed by W H Auden as the finest long poem of the 20th century.

Author Michael Symmons Roberts describes the influence of poet David Jones on his work.

Michael Symmons Roberts, a prolific award-winning poet, novelist and dramatist talks about the work of David Jones, author of In Parenthesis, a modernist epic of the First World War, and The Anathemata, hailed by W H Auden as the finest long poem of this century.

02Alison Brackenbury *2008120220090519

Series in which contemporary poets discuss writers whose work has influenced their own.

Alison Brackenbury explores the impact that John Clare, the poet of nature, enclosure and song, has had on her writing.

She illustrates this with examples of Clare's work and some of her own.

Alison Brackenbury explores the impact the poet John Clare has had on her writing.

Alison Brackenbury explores the impact John Clare, the poet of nature, enclosure and song, has had on her writing.

02Alison Brackenbury *2008120220090519

Series in which contemporary poets discuss writers whose work has influenced their own.

Alison Brackenbury explores the impact that John Clare, the poet of nature, enclosure and song, has had on her writing.

She illustrates this with examples of Clare's work and some of her own.

Alison Brackenbury explores the impact the poet John Clare has had on her writing.

Alison Brackenbury explores the impact John Clare, the poet of nature, enclosure and song, has had on her writing.

03W N Herbert *2008120320090520

W N Herbert explores the work of Edwin Morgan, still active at the age of 88 and after serious illness, and regarded as Scotland's national 'makar'.

According to Herbert, Morgan is the poet who articulates most fully how various Scottish poetry can be, and how distinct from English and Irish writing it is.

Series in which contemporary poets discuss writers whose work has influenced their own.

WN Herbert explores the work of Edwin Morgan, still active at the age of 88 even after serious illness, and regarded as Scotland's national 'makar'.

According to Herbert, Morgan is the poet who articulates most fully how variable Scottish poetry can be, and how distinct from English and Irish writing it is.

With both Herbert and Morgan reading examples of their own work.

WN Herbert explores the work of Edwin Morgan, regarded as Scotland's national 'makar'.

03W N Herbert *2008120320090520

W N Herbert explores the work of Edwin Morgan, still active at the age of 88 and after serious illness, and regarded as Scotland's national 'makar'.

According to Herbert, Morgan is the poet who articulates most fully how various Scottish poetry can be, and how distinct from English and Irish writing it is.

Series in which contemporary poets discuss writers whose work has influenced their own.

WN Herbert explores the work of Edwin Morgan, still active at the age of 88 even after serious illness, and regarded as Scotland's national 'makar'.

According to Herbert, Morgan is the poet who articulates most fully how variable Scottish poetry can be, and how distinct from English and Irish writing it is.

With both Herbert and Morgan reading examples of their own work.

WN Herbert explores the work of Edwin Morgan, regarded as Scotland's national 'makar'.

04Menna Elfyn *2008120420090521

, considered the foremost living poet writing in Welsh, talks about the influence of T Gwynn Jones.

He wrote in the strict metres of Welsh poetry, but also looked beyond Wales for inspiration - and an audience.

Series in which contemporary poets discuss writers whose work has influenced their own.

Menna Elfyn, considered the foremost living poet writing in Welsh, talks about the influence of T Gwynn Jones.

Menna illustrates her essay with examples of the poetry of T Gwynn Jones and her own, in both English and Welsh.

Menna Elfyn discusses T Gwynn Jones, who wrote in the strict metres of Welsh poetry.

04Menna Elfyn *2008120420090521

, considered the foremost living poet writing in Welsh, talks about the influence of T Gwynn Jones.

He wrote in the strict metres of Welsh poetry, but also looked beyond Wales for inspiration - and an audience.

Series in which contemporary poets discuss writers whose work has influenced their own.

Menna Elfyn, considered the foremost living poet writing in Welsh, talks about the influence of T Gwynn Jones.

Menna illustrates her essay with examples of the poetry of T Gwynn Jones and her own, in both English and Welsh.

Menna Elfyn discusses T Gwynn Jones, who wrote in the strict metres of Welsh poetry.

05 LASTFred D'aguiar *2008120520090522

Series in which contemporary poets discuss writers whose work has influenced their own.

Fred D'aguiar, a poet, playwright and novelist who was born in Britain and spent his childhood in Guyana before returning to the UK, talks about Wilson Harris, a Guyanese-born writer, who sets much of his work in that country.

D'Aguiar illustrates his essay with excerpts from books by Harris as well as poetry of his own.

Fred D'aguiar talks about Wilson Harris, a Guyanese-born poet, essayist and novelist.

05 LASTFred D'aguiar *2008120520090522

Series in which contemporary poets discuss writers whose work has influenced their own.

Fred D'aguiar, a poet, playwright and novelist who was born in Britain and spent his childhood in Guyana before returning to the UK, talks about Wilson Harris, a Guyanese-born writer, who sets much of his work in that country.

D'Aguiar illustrates his essay with excerpts from books by Harris as well as poetry of his own.

Fred D'aguiar talks about Wilson Harris, a Guyanese-born poet, essayist and novelist.

01Jon Boden2011032820120716

on the influence of apocalyptic science-fiction on him as a folk singer.

Jon Boden is a folk musician who loves post-apocalyptic literature, works such as 'The Changes Trilogy' by Peter Dickinson, in which the people of England develop a dread of technology, Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker', set in the aftermath of such destruction that even the language has fragmented and Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road', in which a father and his son desperately push a cart with their few possessions, some tins of food and a pistol through a devastated land.

He thought this was at odds with his work as a performer of traditional English song, music that sometimes celebrates a bucolic idyll. But, after becoming a father, he began to consider the implications of contemporary geo-politics. With the end of an oil dependent economy, would reality and the world depicted in the literature he enjoys coincide? Or might this lead to a world closer to that described in traditional song, and the kind of society that produced that music?

Producer: Julian May

01Jon Boden2011032820120716

on the influence of apocalyptic science-fiction on him as a folk singer.

Jon Boden is a folk musician who loves post-apocalyptic literature, works such as 'The Changes Trilogy' by Peter Dickinson, in which the people of England develop a dread of technology, Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker', set in the aftermath of such destruction that even the language has fragmented and Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road', in which a father and his son desperately push a cart with their few possessions, some tins of food and a pistol through a devastated land.

He thought this was at odds with his work as a performer of traditional English song, music that sometimes celebrates a bucolic idyll. But, after becoming a father, he began to consider the implications of contemporary geo-politics. With the end of an oil dependent economy, would reality and the world depicted in the literature he enjoys coincide? Or might this lead to a world closer to that described in traditional song, and the kind of society that produced that music?

Producer: Julian May

03Shobana Jeyasingh2011033020120717

on how different dance traditions inform her choreography.

The choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh was born in India, is now based in Britain and makes work seen all over the world. Tonight she reflects on the influence of Indian and Western dance traditions, and the importance, sometimes, of escaping these. She considers, too, how reading freed her, and so how words have been vital to her entirely non-verbal art.

Producer: Julian May

03Shobana Jeyasingh2011033020120717

on how different dance traditions inform her choreography.

The choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh was born in India, is now based in Britain and makes work seen all over the world. Tonight she reflects on the influence of Indian and Western dance traditions, and the importance, sometimes, of escaping these. She considers, too, how reading freed her, and so how words have been vital to her entirely non-verbal art.

Producer: Julian May

052011040120120720

The poems of Kei Miller are rich and languorous. Their language reflects the speech of his native Jamaica, where he was born in 1978, and has a heightened, sometimes Biblical aspect. It sounds almost as if it were written for performance rather than to be read. Yet this is rigorous and literary work. In this essay, Miller reveals how the poetry of the American W. S. Merwin, who worked to communicate experience rather than express a meaning, has a profound effect on his own approach to composing poetry.

Producer: Julian May

052011040120120720

The poems of Kei Miller are rich and languorous. Their language reflects the speech of his native Jamaica, where he was born in 1978, and has a heightened, sometimes Biblical aspect. It sounds almost as if it were written for performance rather than to be read. Yet this is rigorous and literary work. In this essay, Miller reveals how the poetry of the American W. S. Merwin, who worked to communicate experience rather than express a meaning, has a profound effect on his own approach to composing poetry.

Producer: Julian May

01Jon Boden2011032820120716

on the influence of apocalyptic science-fiction on him as a folk singer.

is a folk musician who loves post-apocalyptic literature, works such as 'The Changes Trilogy' by Peter Dickinson, in which the people of England develop a dread of technology, Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker', set in the aftermath of such destruction that even the language has fragmented and Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road', in which a father and his son desperately push a cart with their few possessions, some tins of food and a pistol through a devastated land.

He thought this was at odds with his work as a performer of traditional English song, music that sometimes celebrates a bucolic idyll. But, after becoming a father, he began to consider the implications of contemporary geo-politics. With the end of an oil dependent economy, would reality and the world depicted in the literature he enjoys coincide? Or might this lead to a world closer to that described in traditional song, and the kind of society that produced that music?

Producer: Julian May.

03Shobana Jeyasingh2011033020120717

The choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh was born in India, is now based in Britain and makes work seen all over the world. Tonight she reflects on the influence of Indian and Western dance traditions, and the importance, sometimes, of escaping these. She considers, too, how reading freed her, and so how words have been vital to her entirely non-verbal art.

Producer: Julian May.

on how different dance traditions inform her choreography.

052011040120120720

The poems of Kei Miller are rich and languorous. Their language reflects the speech of his native Jamaica, where he was born in 1978, and has a heightened, sometimes Biblical aspect. It sounds almost as if it were written for performance rather than to be read. Yet this is rigorous and literary work. In this essay, Miller reveals how the poetry of the American W. S. Merwin, who worked to communicate experience rather than express a meaning, has a profound effect on his own approach to composing poetry.

Producer: Julian May.