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Camera Three: Literature about Trees (02:56)


This episode of "Camera Three" is filmed in Central Park. Listen to the definition of a tree. Actors quote memorable passages about trees from George Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekhov, George Pope Morris, and others.

"Uncle Vanya" (03:00)

Henderson Forsythe, Vinnette Carroll, Donald Hotton, Joanne Roos perform a scene from Act One of Chekhov's play. Astrov laments the destruction of trees.

"The Cherry Orchard" (02:03)

Forsythe, Carroll, Hotton, and Roos perform excerpts from Chekhov's play. Ranevskaya remembers her childhood amidst the cherry orchard.

"A Shropshire Lad 2" (00:43)

Hotton recites A.E. Houseman. This poem is also known as "Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now."

Central Park (01:26)

James Macandrew explains that choosing an appropriate tree was difficult, but they decided on Sorghum. Trees play an important part role in spiritual life. Sir James Frazer wrote "The Golden Bough."

"The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion" (02:26)

Forsythe, Carroll, Hotton, and Roos recite excerpts from Chapter 9 of the book by Frazier.

"Anatomie of Abuses" (01:11)

While humans do not worship trees anymore, several religious rites still exist as customs. Listen to an excerpt where Philip Stubbs argues against a maypole.

"May Foliage" (00:49)

American writers Robert Frost and Henry David Thoreau focused on trees. Macandrew quotes an excerpt about spring.

"Nothing Gold Can Stay" (00:23)

Carroll recites the poem. Frost comments on how youth is a valuable commodity.

"The Sounds of Trees" (00:54)

Roos recites the poem. Frost ponders how trees must remain rooted in one spot, but humans can leave.

"Birches" (00:48)

Hotton recites an excerpt of the poem. Frost compares birch swinging to "getting away from earth."

"Fallen Leaves" (00:28)

Carroll recites an excerpt from the essay. The prose was included in a book entitled "Autumnal Tints."

"Sonnet 73" (00:60)

Forsythe recites the poem. In this sonnet, William Shakespeare invokes a series of metaphors to characterize old age.

"The Grass Harp" (06:55)

Hotton, Carroll, Forsythe, and Roos perform Act One scene three. Truman Capote believes the tree is a symbol of refuge.

"Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798" (01:10)

Trees inspire human beings. Forsythe recites an excerpt from William Wordsworth.

"The Tables Turned" (00:34)

Hear an excerpt by Wordsworth. Macandrew summarizes the program and teases next week's episode.

Credits: Literature about Trees (Dramatization of Chekhov, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Thoreau, Housman) (00:51)

Credits: Literature about Trees (Dramatization of Chekhov, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Thoreau, Housman)

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Literature about Trees (Dramatization of Chekhov, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Thoreau, Housman)

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On this episode of Camera Three, Henderson Forsythe, Vinnette Carroll, Donald Hotton, and Joanna Roos recite poems, excerpts of plays, and reflections about trees. Writers include Anton Chekhov, A.E. Housman, Sir James Frazier, Robert Frost, Henry Thoreau, William Shakespeare, and Truman Capote. 

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL128241

ISBN: 978-1-64023-060-6

Copyright date: ©1956

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