Open reel tape

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD3/11/1/10
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      2 pieces: tape on 7" plastic reel, in original EMI plastic storage case; with loose note.

Scope and Content

Tape identified as "B: BBC Tape copies". This is a recording of an original BBC broadcast which went out on 15 November 1953 in which RD read a selection of poems chosen by himself. It appears to have been supplied to RD's son John Donat after his father's death. The readings are as follows: (1) 'Moonlit Apples' by John Drinkwater; (2) 'Spring Offensive' by Wilfred Owen; (3) 'From Far from Eve and Morning' by A.E. Housman; (4) 'Death at Leamington' by John Betjeman; (5) 'Upon Westminster Bridge' by William Wordsworth; (6) 'All that's Past' by Walter de la Mare; (7) 'In the Highlands' by Robert Louis Stevenson; (8) 'The Hill' by Rupert Brooke; (9) 'On Wenlock Edge' by A.E. Housman; (10) 'The Donkey' by G.K. Chesterton; (11) 'Upon Eckington Bridge' by Arthur Quiller Couch; (12) 'Ode on the Intimations of Immortality' by Wordsworth.

Duration: 32 minutes. With manuscript note of contents.


Transferred to cassette no. D74.

Related Material

The tape at FRD1/11/16 contains recordings of the same poems as this tape but without the BBC announcer's contribution.