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Poetry’s highlights through the years, as read by distinguished actors
Rediscover the music of the spoken word as John Gielgud (Arthur) conducts a grand tour of English-language poetry through the centuries. Compiled by poet and literary critic Anthony Thwaite, these works show the power of verse to stir the emotions and fire the imagination. They include not only classics by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron, Whitman, and Yeats, but also surprising, often-overlooked gems. Gielgud provides the literary and historical context for each, while readings by outstanding British and American actors reveal the rich textures and seductive rhythms in every line.
The performers include Peggy Ashcroft (A Passage to India), Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses), Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer, Private Eye), Ralph Richardson (Doctor Zhivago), Ian Richardson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Julian Glover (By the Sword Divided), and Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), among others.
One of the finest Shakespearean actors of his generation, John Gielgud won an Oscar®, Emmy®, Grammy, and Tonys® during his long career. An accomplished poet and writer, Anthony Thwaite received the Order of the British Empire for his services to poetry in 1992.
What an enjoyable way to get introduced to poetry.
Great actors reading great poems at great locations.
This dvd set even has subtitles! Read more
Some parts very good but a bit precious. Actors could use more full bodied commitment in some cases.Published 13 months ago by Maxine Mackay
How great poetry has expressed our thoughts and dreams over a course of centuries. One the best courses I have ever seenPublished on November 26, 2012 by Karl Giese