I feel like I was let in on so many secrets. I really enjoyed the back stories . John's optimistic nature and his love for these poems was delightful .
Enjoyed the wonderful narration and then being able to go back from time to time to read the poems for myself. Also enjoyed the way the poems are organized: in alphabetical order of the poets' names.
This is a good listen if you like poetry but are a novice or like me, know nothing about poetry and you’re looking to step outside your typical box. It’s clear that I don’t have the education to fully appreciate some of nuances that Lithgow revels in, but I found many of the poems beautiful, entertaining or thought provoking.
I never would have made it through this book if I were reading it – I would have stopped by being frustrated with the pronunciation of some of the words no longer typical in todays English. There’s also one poem read in a thick Scottish accent that I listened to twice and still have no idea what was said…
Several of the poems conjure mental images as I think about the book while writing these notes. The last line of the poem "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" will be with me for the rest of my life.
Yes, over and over, and over and over, the study and contemplation of each poem is a grand and important way to spend an hour, or a day, or a life time. Listen to them. Read them. Speak them.
John Lithgow - he is the object of a powerful man-crush that I have for him that started when I first saw him in the film "Buck-a-roo Banzai" and my marvel at his skill and talent has grown ever since. I like every thing I've seen him perform. I love each "acted, read, spoken, emoted" word that leaves his wise and wonderful mouth - he is a national treasure to American theater, and to all literature.
Any and all utterances words and general noises of any kind that involved the spoken words of John Lithgow.
My favorite poet? Hard. However, it was Edgar Allan Poe who emerged blood-red out of a book and changed my whole world forever! Winding time to Blackest-Midnight at his sorcerous writings and altered forever my understanding of the power of words when I was a young boy of 8 or 9 I think. So, Mister Poe's work always moves me deeply, shivers me cold as a tomb... & rattles my bones till the day they dance apart and fall to the floor dead.
This should be mandatory listening for every girl & boy as soon as they are old enough to hold still and appreciate the magic experience of listening to a good story teller, or poet perform the ultimate form of communication.
This is a wonderful poetry class taught by John Lithgow. The performances by so many famous and talented actors is a real treat. My only regret is that the audio book doesn't allow me to just listen to poems. That would be great especially after learning so much.
Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.
I like John Lithgow, and his prologue describing his early years of discovering poetry through the orange covered Childcraft books resonated with me, since this was also my experience.
I like to listen to poetry, not have it's meaning explained to me. I would suggest that John Lithgow do his next "Poetry Corner" as an anthology similar to Garrison' Keillor's "Good Poems" and just share his favorite poems with us.
Strong, clear, and dramatic readers.
I felt disappointed, because my expectation was for a book of John Lithgow and others reading poetry, not having Lithgow explaining the history and life of the poets in each section. For every two poems there was extensive explanation.of the poets and their poems. I felt like I was at a poetry lecture.
Anyone who would like to know the background and history of the poets presented will find this book to be impressive and well researched. Anyone who simply wants to listen to poetry will have to put up with a lot of excess verbiage.
You will enjoy this. I listened all the way through and then started over again.
My favorite "character" is John Lithgow. His intelligence and humor suffuse the collection.
I loved this audiobook. John Lithgow is erudite and funny. The collection is not comprehensive. How could it be? It's Lithgow's personal favorites, arranged in alphabetical order by poet's last name. No theme. No survey of development. Just lovely poems, one after another, with Lithgow's commentary in between.
I loved listening to this book for the language of poetry.
Listening to John Lithgow's stories of his grandmother reciting poetry.
The poem about the carriage that broke down on its' 100th birthday.
This is a great book for getting people interested in poetry again.
I bought this to help me with a college paper, it is an excellent resourse for anyone that has had limited exposure to poetry. John Lithgow makes the poetry an entertaining and enjoyable experience.Now that my class is over I plan to listen just for fun.
He made the poetry understandable and the stories came alive with his insightful narration along with the actors recitile.
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The readers of the selected poetry make each poem 'sing'. My only slight criticism is wishing that British voices had been selected to read those poems whose authors were English/British. American voices (and i'm American) just doesn't carry the same lilt. My bias, i know.
yes, but it's better in small bits.
lovely book; will be listening to this repeatedly.