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Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe Reprint Edition
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"Nothing short of breathtaking." - Parents Magazine"
About the Author
Brod Bagert has written 15 books of poetry, including poems for children to perform, such as Let Me Be the Boss; Elephant Games; and Chicken Socks (1993). Brod tours 30 weeks of the year to entertain audiences with poetry, and has visited Asia, Europe, and South America. When not touring, he lives in New Orleans with his wife and four children.Carolynn Cobleigh received her degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 1990. She lives in New York City.
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By the late 1970s I was reading a lot more than I listened and when I did listen, it was either to classic British folk-rock albums or to classical music which I was just beginning to explore. The Caedmon albums gathered dust and then were accidentally ruined after having been improperly stored. Fast forward 20 years to the 1990s and to the opening of a Barnes & Noble store in my hometown. After heading to the music section to check out the classical recordings, I came across CD versions of the old LPs including this one. I bought several as they were still relatively cheap because they were considered outdated compared to several newer books and voices. I played them a few times, experienced a little nostalgia, and then put them away again but this time more carefully.
Another 20 years has passed and I have just rediscovered them again but with an older adult's perspective. Now this one is an absolute delight as I can savor the vocal inflections utilized by Rathbone & Price. Poe's 19th century prose can be quite florid and he is certainly not the most subtle of writers especially in the stories that made him famous. Some of the poetry is quite a different matter and the philosophy put forth in THE IMP OF THE PERVERSE is truly remarkable and very modern especially in light of recent actions. You need to allow yourself the time and the proper background for listening (in your car or with other distractions is not a proper background). Do that and it's easy to get caught up in R & P's vocal pyrotechnics as well as hear everything they are saying.
Rathbone narrates the lion's share of the writings, 15 in all while Price handles only 5. Basil has a more subdued approach building such stories as FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER and PIT & THE PENDULUM slowly and effectively. Vincent's LIGEIA is practically a parody but his IMP OF THE PERVERSE is masterfully done. Both actors have a wide dynamic range going from a stage whisper to some extremely agitated and powerful utterances making it hard to understand if there is any background noise. It also brings Poe's words to life in a way that many will find overly theatrical which is why I say it isn't for all tastes. No one speaks like this anymore (or writes like this for that matter) but, for me, that's what makes it so special. Now in my 60s, I find it rich & rewarding as I make the time to hang on every word.
For the cost of this one, I think it is better to look elsewhere and find a better quality cd.
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