The poem touches on religious, cultural and racial divides in the Beeston area of Leeds. It focuses on the author's reaction to visiting his parents' graves in Leeds, only to find the cemetery littered with beer cans and vandalised by obscene graffiti.
The new version of the poem will be preceded by a documentary about the reaction it provoked in the 1980s and will be broadcast between 11 p.m. and midnight. Prior to the airing of the poem the station will emit multiple warnings about the language.
When faced with criticism, Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams defended the decision to broadcast the poem, despite its repeated use of words such as "fuck", "cunt" and "nigger".
"The audience doesn't like swearing and I don't like it. I tell my children not to swear," said Williams. "But you cannot tamper with the integrity of the piece. We would never do it gratuitously," he added.
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