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Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon [electronic resource]: Keeping You Safe Beside Me

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This stirring, classic documentary focuses on a unique, inspiring relationship: the love and creative connection between poet Donald Hall-named U.S. Poet Laureate in June of 2006-and his late wife Jane Kenyon. Filmed largely at Eagle Pond Farm in New Hampshire, an ancestral heritage for six generations of Halls, the program explores the impact of the New England tradition on the work of both poets. Hall reflects unabashedly on his wife's bouts with depression and her battle with cancer, delivering poignant readings of several of her poems, including "Happiness," "Let Evening Come," and "With the Dog at Sunrise." From his own poetry he reads "Names of Horses," and "Letters at Christmas.
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Run Time
40 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Keeping you safe beside me
  • Donald Hall and Thomas Hardy (2:54)
  • Man of Marvelous Humanity (2:08)
  • Horses on Eagle Pond Farm (5:00)
  • Childhood Memories on the Farm (3:30)
  • "Kicking the Leaves" (1:55)
  • Jane Kenyon's "Back" (3:03)
  • Wordsworth and Kenyon (2:14)
  • "Happiness" (3:25)
  • Embodiment of Feelings (3:18)
  • "Letters at Christmas" (7:06)
  • Final Ideas of Kenyon's (3:03)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c1999.
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29971 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (40 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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  • Access in Virgo Classic
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