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A rare and thrilling listening experience. A choice gathering of some of the twentieth century's greatest poetry... read by the century's greatest poets - here available on CD
A reawakened love for the sound of poetry has made modern poems subtly different from the poems of the eighteenth and nineteenth centures. We have only to listen to these poets reading their own works to know how important their interpretations are to a full comprehension of their poems. The ministerial intonations of Eliot, the passionate orchestrations of Thomas, the very very precise formulations of Cummings, the easy conversational inflection of Frost are integral, lending subtle clarifications which go beyond the printed page.
The fact that this recording includes the voice of Yeats is something of a miracle. In the early 1930's, when the thought of recording poets occurred to few, Yeats himself made several recordings for radio broadcast. By sheer luck, an unmutilated copy was preserved; and now the rich and melodious voice can be heard by a new generation.
The Caedmon Poetry Collection eliminates the struggle for perfect communication between author and reader. Just listen and you'll understand...
William Butler Yeats
The Song of the Old Mother
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
In Memory of W.B. Yeats
A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child In London
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
The Dead Shall Be Raised Incorruptible
Still Falls the Rain
The Speed of Darkness
The DNA Molecule
Poem to My Son
Eighth Air Force
To My God in His Sickness
Epistle to Be Left in the Earth
The Last One
Divorce, Thy Name is Woman
Little Girl, My String Bean, My Lovely Woman
The Windy City
William Carlos Williams
darling! because my blood can sing
if everything that happens can't be done
The Road Not Taken
After Apple Picking
Omeros, Book 1, Chapter1
What Are Years
If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso
Love Calls Us to the Things of This World
The Thin People
Robert Penn Warren
American Portrait: Old Style
Old Lovers at the Ballet
Stephen Vincent Benet
Litany for Dictatorships
The Idea Of Order At Key West
The Animals in That Country
There are writers whose words have forged bonds of the heart with readers. Though they may have lived in times past, one feels that they are intimates for having captured so... Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Augustine
I did not know what to expect when I bought this item: I am passionate about poetry, but never enjoyed it too much when read aloud. Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by ICCM
I love slipping this CD on and just laying in my bedroom listening to some of my favorite poets read their own work-it is haunting and beautiful. Read morePublished on September 22, 2004 by Rosie
wow! i am not a poetry buff... yet, but what a collection. can't stop listening to it....