The Poet Speaks

Saturday, December 17, 1949

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Host A.M. Sullivan discusses the perfect mood poem: "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold. He reads the poem and describes why, for him, it is the perfect 'mood poem.'
Sullivan then introduces poet Shaemas O'Sheel, who reads the poetry of Jesse Stuart, a farmer poet from Kentucky.
Sullivan and O'Sheel read and discuss poems by Daniel Smythe, James Hearst, Inez George Gridley, and A.M. Sullivan.
Finally, announcer Sy Freed reads a poem from the magazine Spirit titled "Snowfall" by Marguerite de Coco and "Jet Plane" by Shaemas O'Sheel.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69926
Municipal archives id: LT842

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A. M. Sullivan


Sy Freed and Shaemas O'Sheel


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