Friday, 3 April 2009

Pollyparish on the Front Row

For another week on iPlayer, PJ Harvey and John Parish talk to BBC Radio 4. Naturally they go through the motions that they've rolled out in any number of interviews over the last couple of weeks. The nugget here is that Polly had taken inspiration from WH Auden's 1 September 1939 for The Soldier, in which he asserts
We must love one another or die.
This makes some sense to me (in terms of the reference) given that Auden's poem concerns the brute, existential-modern reality of love
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.

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