Short stories inspired by the poetry of John Donne, George Herbert and Andrew Marvell.


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AR01Rock Of Eye2008040720100404By Iain Finlay MacLeod.
An elderly tailor comes face to face with a lost love.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE METAPHYSICAL POETS is a series of specially commissioned short stories which take their inspiration from the life and work of the seventeenth century poets John Donne, George Herbert and Andrew Marvell.
The first story in the series, Rock of Eye" by Iain F MacLeod, is inspired by John Donne's poem "A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning".
In it, an elderly Savile Row tailor comes face to face with a lost love and is forced to confront a painful event from his past.
The reader is Paul Young.
The other writers in the series are Helen Dunmore, Ruth Thomas, Joe Dunthorne and Michele Roberts.
The producer is Kirsteen Cameron.
By Iain Finlay MacLeod.
Read by Paul Young"
AR02Get Lost2008040820100411By Michele Roberts.
Grieving over her mother's death, Marie walks through London streets.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE METAPHYSICAL POETS: continuing our series of short stories inspired by the lives and work of the seventeenth century poets John Donne, George Herbert and Andrew Marvell.
GET LOST" by Michéle Roberts, read by Joanna Tope.
George Herbert's poem "Prayer" provides the inspiration for tonight's story, in which a woman - grieving the death of her mother - walks for miles through the empty Sunday streets of London, before coming to rest in All Saints Place, a peaceful public garden surrounded by a square of eighteenth century houses.
Michéle Roberts is the author of twelve highly acclaimed novels, including DAUGHTERS OF THE HOUSE which won the WHSmith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize (1992).
Half-English and Half-French, she is an acclaimed poet and short story writer with several collections of both in print.
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.
Grieving over her mother's death, Marie finds release by walking miles through the empty streets of London on Sunday.
Read by Joanna Tope"
AR03Instant Fires2008040920100418By Joe Dunthorne.
Grappling with her own emotions, young Anna finds much that resonates.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE METAPHYSICAL POETS: continuing our series of short stories inspired by the lives and work of the seventeenth century poets John Donne, George Herbert and Andrew Marvell.
INSTANT FIRES" by Joe Dunthorne, read by Jessica Harris.
Young novelist Joe Dunthorne's short story brilliantly evokes the preoccupations of seventeen year old Anna.
Blazing with the confidence of youth - and the burgeoning instincts of the woman she will become - Anna is bemused by the attention paid to her by her English teacher, Mr Ashford.
but not so distracted that she fails to notice the Head Boy's attempts to woo her using updated lines from Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress": "Girl, I'm thinking a half-term on your thighs, double maths on your neck, a lunch-hour to each of your teeth."
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.
Grappling with her own passionate emotions, schoolgirl Anna finds much that resonates.
Read by Jessica Harris."
AR04The Tiny And The Light2008041020100425
20100506 (R4)
By Ruth Thomas.
Anna procrastinates by playing with her daughter's doll's house.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE METAPHYSICAL POETS: continuing our series of short stories inspired by the lives and work of the seventeenth century poets John Donne, George Herbert and Andrew Marvell.
Cara Kelly reads THE TINY AND THE LIGHT by Ruth Thomas.
A funny and profound story on the nature of transience and permanence, tonight's story, by the acclaimed poet and novelist Ruth Thomas, takes its inspiration from John Donne's poem The Blossom".
A week before moving house, Anna finds distraction from packing by arranging and rearranging the furniture in her daughter's doll's house: "procrastination in miniature".
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.
Overwhelmed by the upheaval of moving house, Anna procrastinates by playing with her daughter's doll's house.
Read by Cara Kelly"
AR05 LASTTaken In Shadows2008041120100502By Helen Dunmore.
A portrait depicts the charismatic beauty of John Donne
A painted portrait, depicting the charismatic beauty of John Donne, inspires this short story by a mistress of the form.
Reader: Emma Fielding.
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.
Read by Emma Fielding 
What I Learned from the Metaphysical Poets05 LASTAfternoon Reading2008041120100502By Helen Dunmore
A painted portrait, depicting the charismatic beauty of John Donne, inspires this short story by a mistress of the form.
Reader: Emma Fielding.
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Duration

  • 18 Minutes

Genre

  • Drama
  • Readings

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