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The W.B.Yeats Poetry Hour

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The W.B.Yeats Poetry Hour

The W.B.Yeats Poetry Hour

The W.B.Yeats Poetry Hour

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Host Bob Edwards talks to Colton Johnson, Professor of English and Dean of Vassar College, about William Butler Yeats and the Irish poet's collaboration with the BBC during the 1930's. Yeats read his poems on the radio, asking listeners to imagine themselves in an Irish poets' pub, 'sitting among poets, musicians, farmers, and laborers.' Yeats believed that radio could rekindle the ancient tradition of poetry in his Celtic homeland.