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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.

The Hopkins Haecceity

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 27 May 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.

Lowell Studies

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 23 March 2020

20 August 2019 · 1hr 05mins

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

Heaney Overheard

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 23 March 2020

30 May 2019 · 1hr

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the work of Seamus Heaney

Plathologies

Seamus Perry, Mark Ford and Joanna Biggs, 23 March 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.

Uneven Stevens

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 23 March 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.

Housmania

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 23 March 2020

3 October 2018 · 59mins

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

Hardy's neutral tones

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 23 March 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.

Arch Bishop

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 19 May 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.

Looking at Larkin

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 23 March 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.

Auden Anxieties

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford, 23 March 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.