The best readers of poetry don't recite it; they enact it, taking on the character of the narrator. The poetry of Metaphysical poet John Donne - once ranked with the works of Shakespeare and Milton - has at least two facets, so it's fitting that this production has two narrators. Geoffrey Whitehead brings out the passion of Donne's religious poetry, particularly the selections from the Holy Sonnets, and Will Keen specializes in the poems about love and sensuality. The two voices are very different, echoing the dualism that is one of Donne's hallmarks. Both men remind us of the intense feeling that underlies the formalism of seventeenth-century English poetry at its best.
Sophisticated wit and intense emotion, religious fervor and erotic sensuality, delight in life’s pleasures and fascination with death, are all to be found in the paradoxical poetry of John Donne. One of the foremost metaphysical poets, Donne’s ingenious metaphors and inspired use of language has earned him affection and reverence in near equal measure to Shakespeare. This collection of his finest poetry showcases the diverse range of his work, and includes "Death Be Not Proud", "A Hymn to God the Father", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Go Catch a Falling Star", "The Flea", and "To His Mistress Going to Bed".
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Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
It could be an uncle, a grandad.
Forget Shakespearean oratory and pompous posturing.
Well maybe you may need to understand that the double entendre can work two ways. These are metaphysical poems.
This is no dry preacher watching his mistress getting ready for bed or pontificating about the meeting of souls or minds.
Each piece is named and the interpretation of the lines is just glorious.
I love this recording and I would love more Donne narrated by Whitehead and Keen ( are you reading this NAXOS? )
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Extraordinary poet and still so underrated. I'd give this 5 stars if GW were reading it all. He has that rare gift of conveying all the intensity of the verse whilst maintaining its structure. Please can he record more, especially the Meditations?
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