This lush, languorous visual accompaniment to Brooke's elegiac poem is interspersed with some startling images of local "strong men" - running frantically in skimpy swimwear - and the "mean and dirty" girls of Ditton, a neighbouring village. The poem is read by Gary Watson, who went on to become a well-known TV actor, appearing in The Avengers and The Three Musketeers in the 1960s. Director John Stewart was a prolific maker of short documentaries on topics ranging from Mersey ferry boats to coalmining.
The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.