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WB Yeats: A Fanatic Heart



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WB Yeats: A Fanatic Heart

Post by Kitkat on Fri 8 Apr 2016 - 10:14

Musician and advocate Bob Geldof examines the life and work of one of the 20th century's greatest poets, William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that as a poet and statesman, at the vanguard of a cultural revolution, Yeats brought about immense change in Ireland's struggle for independence, without firing a bullet.

Written by Geldof and Roy Foster, this incisive and moving documentary features readings by Bill Nighy, Van Morrison, Richard E Grant, Colin Farrell, Bono, Edna O'Brien, Ardal O'Hanlon, Noel Gallagher and Liam Neeson.

First shown on BBC TV on 3rd April.  If you are interested to learn more the programme has been captured on BBC iPlayer.  (100 mins)

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Re: WB Yeats: A Fanatic Heart

Post by Whiskers on Sat 9 Apr 2016 - 10:07

I'm not really into poetry and stuff like that but I do like Bob Geldof so i watched it and liked it!  Watched it through to the end.
Had to laugh at the attached warning "Contains strong language"!  shtum   With Bob Geldof in the chair we dont really need that warning.   nuts
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Re: WB Yeats: A Fanatic Heart

Post by Stardust on Fri 21 Oct 2016 - 13:55

Whiskers wrote:I'm not really into poetry and stuff like that ...

Poetry can be very beautiful, violent or even virulent, funny, sad... in fact poetry covers all that can be found in life and some poems even tell a story.

I love poetry and have many book, of which two written by soldiers on the front during the World Wars and they are very poignant.

I have many favourite poems but one of those is loved by lots of people and is very wise:
"If" by Rudyard Kipling.

If you want to smile or even laugh, read e.g. Edward Lear (The Owl and the Pussycat, The Pobble who has no Toes...).


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