I like John Lithgow, he's a great actor, and the team he gathers to read the poems he has selected are fabulous. But in this instance, Lithgow proves to be more full of himself than he is of the great poetry he blathers on about. More poetry, less Lithgow IMHO,
Yes. John Lithgow selected and talks to us about a wide and lovely array of English Language Poems. Each poem is read by an actor. Some are silly, others heartbreaking, some angry, a few ecstatic and many longing. If you want to get involved with poetry or reintroduce yourself and/or another adult or older child this is an excellent vehicle to get you started. Recommend getting both this audiobook and the Kindle or printed version to read along.
Each poem is read by a different actor. In each section Lithgow ties in his own experiences with that particular poem in addition to giving a a short but well researched discussion concerning the poet and his/her poetry.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
Lithgow does a great job with this. You can hear the excitement he has for poetry in his narrative. Was a great cross-section of poets, and great selections. Those who read the poems did so with the energy intended. Bravo!
I love the reading of Edward Lear's ``The Owl and the Pussycat" and ``The Jumblies"
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The narrators read the poems with all the energy, emphasis and spirit intended.
Poetry is so much more interesting to listen to than to read, unless one is in love with the sound of one's own voice, that this must be a purely rhetorical question.
John Lithgow's grandmother. And the Jumblies. After all, they went to sea in a sieve, they did!
Lithgow doing the bulk of the reading makes this less of a book than a long conversation with the author. As to the guests, they could not have been more perfectly suited. Billy Connolly stood out as particularly exceptional reading "To a Mouse" and "The Owl and the Pussycat." In the first case, the only other potential reader that comes to mind seems a bit too serious for a poem about a "Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie." In the second, Connolly's humor is perfectly suited to the task.
Third Poet from the Sun
"From this, he took a lesson: value the original, fragile, and rough. That's the art." Holland Carter on the art of Henri Mattisse
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci
It was such a pleasure listening to these highly-esteemed actors reading this eclectic collection of poetry, ranging from sparkling to somber, from Auden and Blake to Wordsworth and Yeats.
Each of the 50 chapters provides a short back story on a famed poet, a reading of one, two or three of her/his poems and a brief epilogue.
These poems and poets aroused in me a panoply of emotions and reminded me of the tremendous value of art / poetry to a life worth living.
John Lithgow reads well and selected some interesting poems - but the overall work is too much about him and his opinions. I found it hard to even listen to the poems because of his editorializing introductions. The name and date and name and dates of the author would have been sufficient, and then he could have grouped his comments into separate sections that people could have listened to without having them overshadow the poems.
The selection of poems was good.
His narration was fine, but his lengthy commentary was intrusive.
Lithgow reads well and offered a good selection.
There are so few recorded collections of poetry available on the market that it was frustrating to hear one that could have been good marred by being turned into verbal lit crit.
So impressed. I am a literature teacher and poetry lover - this is so succinct and insightful. Very impressed w John Lithgow. The narration was so personal and easy to follow/enjoy.
Lithgow takes 50 of his favorite poems and presents them to the listener in an informative format. There is a chapter for each poet and they are arranged in alphabetical order by the poet's last name. At the beginning of each chapter the poet is given a succinct description. For example, "Edgar Allen Poe, poet of the macabre." Lithgow gives a brief bio of each poet and then the poem is read by one of many well known actors. After the poem is read, Lithgow does some analysis of the poem and shares the titles of other "favorite " poems by the same poet and some additional resources for more information on that poet.
I loved the format as it allowed me to sample "The Best Of" so many poets. I will absolutely listen to this again and again. I will also be digging deeper into the works few of my favorite poets.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
There is something about the voice and manner of John Lithgow that burns brightly in one’s imagination. Maybe it is the serious and comic ability of his Broadway and television presence or an underlying sense of knowing that he knows more than you when he speaks his memorized lines. “The Poets’ Corner” confirms all three; i.e. Lithgow is everything you expect. He is serious. He is comic, and he knows more than you know.
Of course the Poets’ Corner is a location in Westminster Abbey dedicated to famous poets, playwrights, and writers. Some of the poets in Lithgow’s book are memorialized in the Abbey. But Lithgow’s choice of inclusion is not limited to the Westminster’ scions of poetry. Lithgow lists poets by the alphabet and offers a thumbnail biography of each. He participates and enlists great, and near-great actors to read the poems. The result is magically delicious.
A listener enjoys Lithgow’s fascinating assembly of poets; whether admirer, critic, or amateur.