Thursday, February 4, 2021
A Curraghmore Oak
By co-incidence, last night's BBC4 programme - Life on a Mountain - about mountains in the Lake District (Cumbria, U.K.), included an account of W.H. Auden's stay in the 1930s at the hamlet of Westcoe, where his father, a Birmingham G.P., had a cottage. Most of his poem ' Spain', and other earlier poems were written there after he returned from the Spanish Civil War in 1937. His poetry was widely published and second-hand copies are still available from many dealers. BBC 4 shows interesting documentaries nightly.