Friday, September 28, 2007

Czech disasters

I don't know how much longer this will be available: BBC Radio 4's Archive Hour on the betrayal of Czechoslovakia in the autumn of 1938. You can listen again here (this is from last Saturday: 'A Quarrel In A Faraway Country',  22 Sep 2007).

The programme really is, as Martin Hoyle says previewing in the FT, "in magnificent form".

Thirty years later, as she recounts in a recent edition of the FT, Miriam Gross at the Observer received a 'phone call from Wystan (W.H.) Auden  “I’ve written a short poem about Czechoslovakia, could you publish it in Sunday’s paper?”  

The second line ('Deeds quite impossible for Man') reminds me of Coleridge's 'In caverns measureless to Man'.

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