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Ten O'Clock News; Seamus Heaney, Part 1


Poet Seamus Heaney reads his work outside. Heaney and Christopher Lydon discuss which poems to read and how to film the reading. Heaney gives context to each poem before reading it. He reads 5 poems in memory of his mother, 1 poem in memory of the poet Robert Fitzgerald, and "A Peacock's Feather" written for his niece on her christening. He also reads "The Face of the Horse" by Nikolay Zabolotsky, translated by Danny Weisbord. reel 1 of 2.

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Ten O'Clock News

Seamus Heaney, Part 1

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Oral interpretation of poetry
Heaney, Seamus, 1939-
News Report
Lydon, Christopher (Reporter)
Heaney, Seamus, 1939- (Interviewee)
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