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Rusty Sonnets

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Every week I grab an old poem, read it out, give it a thorough going over before I " wander off on one..."

Latest Episodes

Rusty Sonnets #32 - The Burning Babe By Robert Southwell

Welcome to our late Christmas episode of Rusty Sonnets! Today we look at the Jesuit martyr Robert Southwell and his nightmarish vision of the spirit of Christmas Day. Yes, I know that Christmas was an eternity ago but it’s not like I’m getting paid for this! Tune in next week for the first monthly instalment of the Paradise Lost Book Club.

38 MIN1 d ago
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Rusty Sonnets #32 - The Burning Babe By Robert Southwell

Rusty Sonnets #31 - Song of Hope by Thomas Hardy

In this week’s Rusty Sonnets we look for optimism from a seemingly unexpected source, the pessimistic poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy. 00.00 Intro and background 10.12 Song of Hope by Thomas Hardy 11.19 Analysis 32.04 W.O.O.O!!!

46 MIN2019 DEC 15
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Rusty Sonnets #31 - Song of Hope by Thomas Hardy

Rusty Sonnets #30 Soliloquy on an Empty Purse by Mary Jones

In today’s Rusty Sonnets we ask whether virtue can accompany poverty by visiting the witty, down to earth poetry of Oxford’s first postmistress, Mary Jones. 0.00 Intro and background 07.35 Soliloquy on an Empty Purse by Mary Jones 09.50 Analysis 37.23 W.O.O.O!!!

49 MIN2019 DEC 8
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Rusty Sonnets #30 Soliloquy on an Empty Purse by Mary Jones

Rusty Sonnets # 29 - Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Today we look at Manley Hopkins’s sonnet on how wrestling with despair is actually a grapple with God. I then wander off on one about wrestling. 00.00 Intro and Background 20.35 Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins 22.10 Analysis 40.35 WOOOO!!!

60 MIN2019 DEC 1
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Rusty Sonnets # 29 - Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Rusty Sonnets #28 - To His Sonne by Sir Walter Raleigh

In today’s Rusty Sonnets we look at a tender lament from a famed swashbuckler and explorer who was perhaps more of a wrongun, Sir Walter Raleigh. 00.00 Intro and background 09.53 To his Sonne by Sir Walter Raliegh 10.50 Analysis 21.39 WOOO!!!

31 MIN2019 NOV 24
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Rusty Sonnets #28 - To His Sonne by Sir Walter Raleigh

Rusty Sonnets #27 In the Bazaars of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu

This week we look at a lyrical description of a bustling Indian market and ask whether it’s a subtle work of propaganda from one of the central figures of Indian independence, Sarojini Naidu. Intro 00.00 In the Bazaars of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu 14.04 Analysis 15.37 W.O.O.O. 32.48

41 MIN2019 NOV 17
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Rusty Sonnets #27 In the Bazaars of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu

Rusty Sonnets #26 - The Garden of Proserpine by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In this week’s Rusty Sonnets we muse on whether or not we really want more life with Algernon Charles Swinburne’s ode to Mrs Death (who is also little Mrs Springtime), The Garden of Proserpine.

56 MIN2019 NOV 9
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Rusty Sonnets #26 - The Garden of Proserpine by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Rusty Sonnets #25 - from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

After a little break we return with a dip into the multifaceted musings of poet, playwright, novelist, art collector and Modernist salon extraordinaire, Gertrude Stein. Intro and background 00.00 Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein 21.31 Analysis 29.53 Niall Wanders Off On One....Woooo!!! 52.05

59 MIN2019 NOV 2
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Rusty Sonnets #25 - from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

Rusty Sonnets #24 - Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

Today’s Rusty Sonnets looks at Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats, a poem about the unreachable beauties of nature and the failure or deception of the poet in recreating the song of a nightingale.

62 MIN2019 OCT 12
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Rusty Sonnets #24 - Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

Rusty Sonnets #23 - Whoso List to Hunt, I Know Where is an Hind by Sir Thomas Wyatt

When a sonnet about your crush is also a potential act of treason, it’s always handy to present it as a translation of a poem about a deer. Today’s Rusty Sonnets explores the intrigues of Henry VIII’s court with a poem from the man that is often credited with bringing the sonnet to England, Sir Thomas Wyatt. 00.00 Intro and background 13.10 Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind... by Sir Thomas Wyatt 14.10 Analysis 35.58 Niall Wanders Off On One Wooo!!!

46 MIN2019 OCT 5
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Rusty Sonnets #23 - Whoso List to Hunt, I Know Where is an Hind by Sir Thomas Wyatt

Latest Episodes

Rusty Sonnets #32 - The Burning Babe By Robert Southwell

Welcome to our late Christmas episode of Rusty Sonnets! Today we look at the Jesuit martyr Robert Southwell and his nightmarish vision of the spirit of Christmas Day. Yes, I know that Christmas was an eternity ago but it’s not like I’m getting paid for this! Tune in next week for the first monthly instalment of the Paradise Lost Book Club.

38 MIN1 d ago
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Rusty Sonnets #32 - The Burning Babe By Robert Southwell

Rusty Sonnets #31 - Song of Hope by Thomas Hardy

In this week’s Rusty Sonnets we look for optimism from a seemingly unexpected source, the pessimistic poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy. 00.00 Intro and background 10.12 Song of Hope by Thomas Hardy 11.19 Analysis 32.04 W.O.O.O!!!

46 MIN2019 DEC 15
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Rusty Sonnets #31 - Song of Hope by Thomas Hardy

Rusty Sonnets #30 Soliloquy on an Empty Purse by Mary Jones

In today’s Rusty Sonnets we ask whether virtue can accompany poverty by visiting the witty, down to earth poetry of Oxford’s first postmistress, Mary Jones. 0.00 Intro and background 07.35 Soliloquy on an Empty Purse by Mary Jones 09.50 Analysis 37.23 W.O.O.O!!!

49 MIN2019 DEC 8
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Rusty Sonnets #30 Soliloquy on an Empty Purse by Mary Jones

Rusty Sonnets # 29 - Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Today we look at Manley Hopkins’s sonnet on how wrestling with despair is actually a grapple with God. I then wander off on one about wrestling. 00.00 Intro and Background 20.35 Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins 22.10 Analysis 40.35 WOOOO!!!

60 MIN2019 DEC 1
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Rusty Sonnets # 29 - Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Rusty Sonnets #28 - To His Sonne by Sir Walter Raleigh

In today’s Rusty Sonnets we look at a tender lament from a famed swashbuckler and explorer who was perhaps more of a wrongun, Sir Walter Raleigh. 00.00 Intro and background 09.53 To his Sonne by Sir Walter Raliegh 10.50 Analysis 21.39 WOOO!!!

31 MIN2019 NOV 24
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Rusty Sonnets #28 - To His Sonne by Sir Walter Raleigh

Rusty Sonnets #27 In the Bazaars of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu

This week we look at a lyrical description of a bustling Indian market and ask whether it’s a subtle work of propaganda from one of the central figures of Indian independence, Sarojini Naidu. Intro 00.00 In the Bazaars of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu 14.04 Analysis 15.37 W.O.O.O. 32.48

41 MIN2019 NOV 17
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Rusty Sonnets #27 In the Bazaars of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu

Rusty Sonnets #26 - The Garden of Proserpine by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In this week’s Rusty Sonnets we muse on whether or not we really want more life with Algernon Charles Swinburne’s ode to Mrs Death (who is also little Mrs Springtime), The Garden of Proserpine.

56 MIN2019 NOV 9
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Rusty Sonnets #26 - The Garden of Proserpine by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Rusty Sonnets #25 - from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

After a little break we return with a dip into the multifaceted musings of poet, playwright, novelist, art collector and Modernist salon extraordinaire, Gertrude Stein. Intro and background 00.00 Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein 21.31 Analysis 29.53 Niall Wanders Off On One....Woooo!!! 52.05

59 MIN2019 NOV 2
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Rusty Sonnets #25 - from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

Rusty Sonnets #24 - Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

Today’s Rusty Sonnets looks at Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats, a poem about the unreachable beauties of nature and the failure or deception of the poet in recreating the song of a nightingale.

62 MIN2019 OCT 12
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Rusty Sonnets #24 - Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

Rusty Sonnets #23 - Whoso List to Hunt, I Know Where is an Hind by Sir Thomas Wyatt

When a sonnet about your crush is also a potential act of treason, it’s always handy to present it as a translation of a poem about a deer. Today’s Rusty Sonnets explores the intrigues of Henry VIII’s court with a poem from the man that is often credited with bringing the sonnet to England, Sir Thomas Wyatt. 00.00 Intro and background 13.10 Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind... by Sir Thomas Wyatt 14.10 Analysis 35.58 Niall Wanders Off On One Wooo!!!

46 MIN2019 OCT 5
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Rusty Sonnets #23 - Whoso List to Hunt, I Know Where is an Hind by Sir Thomas Wyatt
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