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The Great Poets: John Keats | [John Keats]

The Great Poets: John Keats

John Keats was largely unappreciated during his lifetime and died in Rome at the age of 26. Most of his 150 poems were written in just nine extraordinary months in 1819. This selection contains some of his finest works, including the principal "Odes", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci", "Old Meg", and "Much Have I Travelled".
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Publisher's Summary

Naxos AudioBooks continues its new series of Great Poets, represented by collections of their most popular poems in one program. Although John Keats had a short life, he produced a series of outstanding poems, many of which appeared first in letters to his sister. He was largely unappreciated during his lifetime and died in Rome at the age of 26. Most of his 150 poems were written in just nine extraordinary months in 1819. This selection contains some of his finest works, including the principal "Odes", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci", "Old Meg", and "Much Have I Travelled".

Listen to more great poets, including William Blake, Rudyard Kipling, W. B. Yeats, and Great Poets of the Romantic Age.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2007 Naxos Rights International; (P)2007 Naxos Rights International

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    C. Cobb Memphis, TN United States 08-25-08
    C. Cobb Memphis, TN United States 08-25-08
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    "Here is the list of poems in this collection"

    Below from Naxos Audiobooks is the list of poems on this audiobook:

    Great Spirits now on Earth are sojourning
    Much have I travelled in the realms of gold
    On the sea
    Wherein lies happiness?
    On Sitting Down to read King Lear once Again
    Bright Star! Would I were steadfast as thou
    Old Meg she was a Gipsy
    Deep in the shady sadness of a vale
    A casement high and triple-arched there was
    Ode to a Nightingale
    Ode on Melancholy
    Why did I laugh tonight? No voice will tell
    La Belle Dame Sans Merci
    Ode on a Grecian Urn
    To Sleep
    Ode to Psyche
    A haunting music, sole perhaps and lone
    To Autumn
    This living hand, now warm and capable
    When I have fears that I may cease to be
    From Endymion
    Fancy
    There was a naughty boy
    The Eve of St Agnes

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Noiresque 10-20-09
    Noiresque 10-20-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "Michael Sheen"

    One of my favourite narrators reads one of my favourite poets. I bought this because of the emotionally lucid Michael Sheen, and Samuel West is no less excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ESK Moscow, Russia 07-29-12
    ESK Moscow, Russia 07-29-12 Member Since 2011

    There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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    "Music to my ears"

    Sensual and sweet-sounding. A brilliant selection of poems and odes of one of the most celebrated Romantic poets. The narrators' performance was laudable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia Ithaca, NY, United States 10-01-12
    cynthia Ithaca, NY, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It sounds like John Keats thinking..."
    Where does The Great Poets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way up there


    What did you like best about this story?

    "Why did I laugh tonight?"


    What does Samuel West and Michael Sheen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Compelling evidence of the centrality of prosopopoeia to the reception of the lyric.

    = They read with expression, conveying thoughts and feelings plausibly associated with the words of the poems.
    If you liked the movie "Bright Star," you'll like this.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The change of voice -- and reader?--in order to render "Ode on Melancholy" properly. Its language is very artificial and this was done histrionically and well.


    Any additional comments?

    Sir Ralph Richardson' s reading aloud of Keats poems is fascinatingly different but also very pleasing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Nice readings but lacks titles and spaces"

    A good selection of Keats's poems and the readings are really nice - much better than the heavily mannered ones of some famous actors. I would give it 5 stars if it were not for that fact that many of the readings have no title or introduction and the gaps between some of them are too short. So if you are not a Keats expert, you have no idea what you are listening to, or where one poem stops and the next one begins, or whether it is a complete poem or an excerpt. OK, so some of them don't have titles. Why then can't they say something like "Sonnet fifteen from Literary remains". Or "Excerpt from Lamia Book 2 lines122-149" The two readers sound similar so if they alternate it doesn't help either. Shoddily put together, I would say, and a real shame.

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