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Poetry from M.I.T.; David Ferry

Part of From the Vault. Part of Nine Poets Walk Into An Institute of Technology.


In this recording, one of several poetry readings and talks from M.I.T. that aired on WGBH in 1963, David Ferry reads almost two dozen original poems, some of which would not be published in book form for decades to come. After a brief introduction, and with limited remarks by way of contextualization, Ferry reads poems titled "Descriptive," "The Embarcation for Cytherea," "On the Way to the Island," "The Sage by the Seashore," “For the Birthday of Miss Marianne Moore, Whenever Her Birthday Is,” “Jonson on Pope,” "What It Does," "Out of the Sea," "The Bird," "The Soldier," "Out in the Cold," "In the Dark," "The Late Hour Poem," "At a Low Bar," "The Twin," later retitled and published as "The Charm," "Seen Through a Window," "Musings of Mind and Body," and "Aubade (If the Early Morning)," as well as a translation from the French of Pierre de Ronsard titled "Quand vous serez bien vielle." In the question and answer period following the reading, Ferry addresses issues including the relationship between his practice as a poet and as a scholar, his compositional process, his scholarly book on Wordsworth, and his influences, among which he includes James Merrill and John Crowe Ransom. Some Poems in this recording were omitted at the poet's request. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Jim Cocola.

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Poetry from M.I.T.
David Ferry
Series Description

Radio series. Series release date: 1963

Program Description




Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Cambridge, Massachusetts
Artistic Influences
Art and Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Poetry readings (Sound recordings)
Ferry, David, 1924-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Event Coverage
Performance for a Live Audience
Ferry, David (Speaker)
Publication Information
Posted with permission provided by David Ferry
Chicago: “Poetry from M.I.T.; David Ferry,” 10/20/1963, GBH Archives, accessed December 7, 2021,
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