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Jill

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  • Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
    • Narrated By Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of life's seven ages, from childhood to old age. Within the framework of Shakespeare's speech, "The Seven Ages of Man," performed by Sir Ian McKellen, are 150 great poems from all ages, from Chaucer to Emily Dickinson to Walt Whitman and many others. The poem are presented by the finest cast ever assembled on one recording and includes Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Caine, and more.

    ESK says: "The Anthology of 'Music-Makers'"
    "A literary delight"
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    I'd just like to note that there is no real story: this compilation takes us through the seven ages of man as defined in a famous speech in Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It". The recording includes many old favourites of mine, but has also introduced me to others that have instantly appealed. Some are beautiful and/or thought-provoking; others are just downright hilarious (e.g. Ogden Nash's "Peekaboo"). Most of the readers are excellent; there are only two or three tracks where I found the recitation irritating. I want particularly to mention Michael Caine, not usually known for his poetry readings: here he reads the classic "If" (Kipling) with complete conviction and seriousness and then goes on to give us the cheeky "The b---in' Sparrer". Superb, too, are Ioann Gruffudd's readings of Welsh poetry. My only beef if that, while each narrator gives the name of the poem and its author before each reading, there is no written list available to the purchaser of the recording, nor any indication of who is reading what. You can try to enlarge the cover photograph, but several people read more than one poem and not all the voices are easily identifiable. Maybe a lot of people don't care about that, but I enjoy knowing who each narrator is. Anyway, highly recommended: I'll be listening to this more than once.

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