English podcasts

Summer Is Icumen In

I sometimes like to ask musicians who sing folk songs “What is the oldest song you play?” As a...

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Strange Meeting

Here is one more war poem from WWI, this one by another soldier poet, Wilfred Owen. Beside...

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The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Let us leave the Modernists for a moment, for a trip to an imaginary land, a locus amoenus, a...

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The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd

There’s a long tradition of “the answer record” in pop music, where another artist responds to a...

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At the Lunar Eclipse

We seem to be in a month of sky omens in the Midwest, with the Perseids meteor shower and a solar...

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The Embankment

I return today to the work of pioneering English modernist poet T. E. Hulme, he of the entire...

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Trenches St Eloi

I was talking with my wife this weekend. She’s reading a memoir about current military...

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Let Us Live and Love

A while back here there were several episodes where we discussed songwriters as literary figures,...

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Somewhere or Other

Today’s audio piece is another by Christina Rossetti, connected through family with the Victorian...

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From Sunset to Star Rise

Today was the Autumn Equinox, which some use to mark the beginning Fall. Where I live it was very...

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Autumn

100 years ago, a WWI German artillery shell ended the life of T. E. Hulme, the man sparked off...

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Poems In Unrhymed Cadence

In 1899, as the 19th Century was leaving in Victorian London, a 13-year-old boy from a large poor...

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The Return of the Exiles

It’s been too long since we featured one of the looser live performances of the LYL Band here at...

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The Self Unseeing

Today’s piece is our first proper piece by English poet Thomas Hardy. In America Hardy may be...

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Zeppelins

For reasons of copyrights, I’ve been focusing a fair amount here on using words from the most...

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Love Song for a Woman I Do Not Love

One joy of this project’s exploration has been coming upon poets I know nothing about and...

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In the Bleak Midwinter

Tomorrow is Christmas, a holiday that in the English-speaking world owes a lot to the English...

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Idiom of the Week - Hit It Big and Make It Big

James discusses the Idiom of the Week - its meanings and how they are used. In this week's...

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Episode 2 - How Celebrities Learned English

James tells the story of how Celine Dion, at the age of 15, learned English to become one of the...

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James' FlashCast

James discusses the meaning and the orgin of the Idiom "a fish out of water". 

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