Poems for Company

On this theme-based show, host Brian Dillon reads and offers (minimal) commentary on poems from the ancient world to the present. Topics include “Old People Talking,” “Responding to Musicians,” “Taking Flight” (on birds), Swimming, Advice, Unrequited Love (multiple episodes), the First World War (both soldiers’ and civilians’ POV), Ancient Chinese voices, and poems set In Cemeteries, among others.

Poems For Company, October 24 2022

Do we imagine the dead as content in their zone, or do they express anxieties about how the world of the living functions in their absence?  Poems in this episode offer contrasting answers: Frederic Weatherly’s “Danny Boy”; A.E. Housman’s “Is My Team Ploughing?”; Thomas Hardy’s “Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?”; John McCrae’s “In…