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4/1/2013

Poet and DJ Mr Gee talks to songwriters about poetry and how it influences their work.

The performance poet, DJ and broadcaster, Mr Gee - familiar from his work on Saturday Live and Russell Brand's Radio 2 show - is fascinated by poetry and songwriting, the similarities and the differences between these crafts. He seeks out songwriters who love poetry and hears from them about the importance of poetry in their lives and the way it influences their songwriting.

For Richard Thompson the influence of the poets he loves - Eliot, Yeats and John Clare - is more tangential. It colours the mood and tone of his great songs of modern England. Sometimes the rhythms of poems find their way into his songs. He is struck by the power of traditional songs, how they evoke characters, and unfold stories in images.

6 DAYS LEFT TO LISTEN:
BBC Radio 4 - Rhyme and Reason
Duration: 30 minutes
First Broadcast: Sun, 31 March 2013