“Begin Afresh….”

I have some gorgeous poetry for you today.

Take a look at this wonderful BBC-commissioned animation of Philip Larkin’s poem “The Trees”.  A perfect marriage between the spoken word and accompanying imagery.

If you are outside the UK, you should be able to access this via the BBC’s Britain site.

And here, if you fancy more Larkin, is an edition of the BBC’s South Bank Show featuring the man himself.

It includes his own analysis of the writing of one of his many famous poems, “The Whitsun Weddings”, inspired by the sights he encountered on a stopping train journey between Yorkshire and London.

It is said that this is somewhat reminiscent of W H Auden’s poem “Night Mail”.  I’m not sure about that – the main connection between the two is that they are both about trains, it seems to me.  But they are both fantastic pieces of writing in their own right.  What do you think?



7 thoughts on ““Begin Afresh….”

  1. I cannot see much similarity between the two poems either! Thank-you for this lovely post Liz.

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  2. Thanks for that South Bank Show, I find Larkin fascinating and love watching old telly on youtube on a Sunday morning. 🙂

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    1. You are welcome – enjoy it! 😀

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  3. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed being introduced to a poet who is new to me.

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    1. You are welcome – very pleased to be of service!! 😀


  4. The Night Mail is a favourite of mine. I wonder if I would like these train poems as much if I hadn’t ever travelled by train; the older type trains.

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    1. Yes I know what you mean. There is plenty of nostalgia inspired by this type of art, isn’t there. Part of the charm, I guess.

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