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Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the doomed poet

PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:21 am
by Saturn
Wow, I never thought I'd ever see a documentary on TV about Chatterton but here it is

http://bbc.in/1L8TTCJ

(BBC in the UK only I'm afraid)

Re: Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the doomed poet

PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:28 pm
by Raphael
I was just about to post this myself Saturn but you beat me to it! I am watching it now- very interesting. I expect it'll be on you tube at some point.

Re: Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the doomed poet

PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:37 pm
by Saturn
Yes, and didn't expect Brian May on there, but it was a fascinating program. I must at some stage seek out and actually read some Chatterton.

Re: Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the doomed poet

PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:12 pm
by Raphael
Saturn wrote:Yes, and didn't expect Brian May on there, but it was a fascinating program. I must at some stage seek out and actually read some Chatterton.


I read the blurb, so knew Brian would be on there. He certainly has many interests doesn't he! Arts as well as sciences!

Interesting that it is now thought that poor Thomas overdosed on laudanum and didn't purposely take arsenic.

Here is a Chatterton page where you can see some of his poetry:

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/thomas-chatterton

Re: Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the doomed poet

PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:46 pm
by Saturn
Yeah Brian is a great musician, scientist and man of many talents and interests.

Thanks for the link Raphael.

Re: Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the doomed poet

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:04 am
by Raphael
I remember a couple of year ago finding out that he had a degree in astro physics and was a friend of Patrick Moore- that was a surprise!
He's also a campaigner for better treatment of animals- I like that.

Re: Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the doomed poet

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:47 pm
by Saturn
Yeah he's a genuinely good guy.

Re: Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the doomed poet

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:19 am
by BrokenLyre
Always liked Brian May - especially when I learned that he wrote an astronomical paper many years ago on the topic of interstellar dust and gas.