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Poems for the Spring Equinox

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Daljit Nagra visits the BBC's poetry archive and selects compilation programme: Four Seasons - Poems for the Spring Equinox - a collection celebrating the arrival of spring, longer days and new beginnings.

With poems by Robin Robertson, Stevie Smith, Louise Gluck, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charlotte Mew, Ben Jonson, AE Housman and Patrick Kavanagh.

BBC Radio 4's former poet-in-residence, Alice Oswald reads a poem written specially for the vernal equinox, Jackie Kay reads Life Mask and London's Young People's Poet Laureate and Caleb Femi reads his poem about how spring arrives in a concrete environment, Anti-Winter.

Readers include, David Calder, Clark Peters, Noma Dumezweni, Harriet Walter, Simon Russell Beale, Siobhan Redmond, Bill Patterson and Anton Lesser.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2018. Show less

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