A fascinating poetry programme today( Sunday 16th) by Daljit Nagra on William Barnes. Radio 4 .
Andrew Motion contributed and there was an excellent discussion about writing in dialect. Why should we always write in standard English?
I wrote about William Barnes and other Dorset poets - Hardy of course- in a In Pursuit of Spring blog a while ago. I hadn't realised that Hardy was so influenced by Barnes.
The argument is that Barnes is hugely neglected.
From In Pursuit of Spring blog:
This Dorset chapter on three poets moves naturally from the very obscure to the famous - from one Stephen Duck(qui?) to William Barnes, who I've heard of, to Thomas Hardy who- well .....
Stephen Duck - well you could have knocked me down with a feather - I found that he features on my favourite pod-cast source, the English Lit Dept, University of Oxford podcasts, Great Writers Inspire Series! So you can hear a short lecture about him right now should you wish, but I'll focus on what Thomas had to say.