Poem of the Week S01 E41 : Marina by TS Eliot, read by Mariride Woods

The majority of poetry readers are familiar with Eliot’s Waste Land or The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock but for many, Marina, first published in 1930, remains a favorite. The poem refers to Marina of William Shakespeare’s play Pericles, a famous citizen of Ancient Athens and thus reflecting Eliot’s interest in classical themes and indeed, the narrator of the poem is Pericles himself. Upon being separated from his daughter their whole lives, the two are reunited. The poem picks up at Pericles’ reaction to seeing Marina for the first time. 

I was joined in studio by poet Mairide Woods, who’s deep love for this poem has its roots in her own relationship with her daughter.

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Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.