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The Music of Poetry

"The music of a poem is very often an awful lot of it, and the sounds that it makes are the key element of what a poem is."

— Wake Forest Poet-in-Residence Vona Groarke


"Away" (1:36)
Written and read by Poet-in-Residence Vona Groarke

"Belfast Confetti" (2:00)
Written and read by Ciaran Carson

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"Country Fiddler" (2:05)
Written by John Montague
Read by Provost Emeritus and former English Professor Edwin G. Wilson ('43)

"Family" (1:12)
Written and read by Poet-in-Residence Vona Groarke

"Fear" (1:30)
Written and read by Ciaran Carson

"Fiction" (0:54)
Written and read by Poet-in-Residence Conor O'Callaghan

"The Flat Earth" (1:24)
Written and read by Poet-in-Residence Conor O'Callaghan

"The Language Issue" (1:10)
Written by Nuala NÌ Dhomhnaill
Read by Provost Emeritus and former English Professor Edwin G. Wilson ('43)

"The Letter D" (1:01)
Written and read by Poet-in-Residence Vona Groarke

"Moonshine" (0:52)
Written by Richard Murphy
Read by Provost Emeritus and former English Professor Edwin G. Wilson ('43)

"The Narrator" (1:11)
Written and read by Poet-in-Residence Conor O'Callaghan

"Oranges" (0:53)
Written and read by Poet-in-Residence Vona Groarke

"The Pattern" (1:32)
Written by Michael Longley
Read by Provost Emeritus and former English Professor Edwin G. Wilson ('43)

"Prayer Before Birth" (2:25)
Written by Louis MacNeice
Read by Provost Emeritus and former English Professor Edwin G. Wilson ('43)

"The Present Writer" (1:37)
Written and read by Poet-in-Residence Conor O'Callaghan

"Studying the Language" (1:31)
Written by EilÈan NÌ Chuilleanáin
Read by Provost Emeritus and former English Professor Edwin G. Wilson ('43)

"Why I am not a Nature Poet" (2:22)
Written and read by Poet-in-Residence Vona Groarke


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Go to part:

1. The Press
2. The Origins of the Press
3. The Winds of Change
4. The Poets
5. The Music of Poetry

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About the Poets
Ciaran Carson
Vona Groarke
Conor O'Callaghan
Michael Longley
John Montague
Richard Murphy
EilÈan NÌ Chuilleanáin
Nuala NÌ Dhomhnaill

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