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Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the lives and works of 20th century poets through the lens of pieces written about them in the LRB.

On Robert Frost

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 6 August 2020

4 August 2020 · 57mins

In the latest episode in their series of Close Readings, Seamus Perry and Mark Ford look at the life and work of Robert Frost, the great American poet of fences and dark woods.

On Gerard Manley Hopkins

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

23 March 2020 · 1hr 02mins

In the first episode in a new series of Close Readings, Seamus Perry and Mark Ford take on Gerard Manley Hopkins: Victorian literature’s only anti-modern proto-modernist queer-ecologist Jesuit priest.

On Robert Lowell

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

20 August 2019 · 1hr 05mins

In the concluding episode of their acclaimed series, Seamus Perry and Mark Ford confront Robert Lowell.

On Seamus Heaney

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

30 May 2019 · 1hr

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the work of Seamus Heaney

On Sylvia Plath

Seamus Perry, Mark Ford and Joanna Biggs, 4 August 2020

5 March 2019 · 1hr 06mins

Mark Ford, Seamus Perry and Joanna Biggs consider the balance of biography and mythology in Plath’s work, situating her as a transatlantic, expressionist poet of the Cold War.

On Wallace Stevens

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

21 December 2018 · 59mins

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford look at that great poet of winter and snow, Wallace Stevens, and the pieces about him in the LRB archive.

On A.E. Housman

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

3 October 2018 · 59mins

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of A. E. Housman.

On Stevie Smith

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

17 August 2018 · 59mins

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of Stevie Smith.

On Thomas Hardy

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

27 June 2018 · 59mins

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the poetry of Thomas Hardy in the latest in their series of discussions on 20th century poets.

On Elizabeth Bishop

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

14 November 2017 · 58mins

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of Elizabeth Bishop, through the lens of the LRB archive.

On W.H. Auden

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

30 August 2017 · 1hr 07mins

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the work of W. H. Auden with reference to pieces from the LRB.

On Philip Larkin

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 4 August 2020

11 May 2017 · 1hr

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the work of Philip Larkin, drawing on articles from our archive by contributors including Alan Bennett, Barbara Everett and John Bayley.