Remona Aly
Saturday 25 November 2017 BBC Radio 4

Radio 4 Something Understood: Metamorphosis

Radio 4 Something Understood: Metamorphosis


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Stories of metamorphosis have always captivated journalist Remona Aly. They are woven with enduring truths, moral lessons and provocative challenges.

Tales of metamorphosis can be both glorious and sinister, influential and cautionary. In this episode of Something Understood, Remona argues that these tales profoundly impact our collective psyche, revealing the story of the human experience.

The poetry of John Keats and the words of the Quran remind Remona how metamorphosis can reveal our darker nature. Metamorphosis is a recurring theme in Hinduism too with Lord Krishna confiding in his warrior friend Arjuna, “For one who has taken his birth, death is certain; and for one who is dead, birth is certain.”

The episode features musical selections from Tchaikovsky and Van Morrison which underpin how metamorphosis can be part of life’s purpose, moving away from stasis and encouraging reform, renewal and reflection.

The readers are Rachel Atkins, Laurence Kennedy and Max O’Brien.

Special thanks to Mandeep Moore for her Punjabi translation of Jind Kaur.

Presenter: Remona Aly
Producer: Jonathan O’Sullivan
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.