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Spoken Ink Poetry: The Songs and Poems of Robert Burns | [Robert Burns]

Spoken Ink Poetry: The Songs and Poems of Robert Burns

A collection of some of Burns' most famous and treasured poems, brilliantly read by Scotland’s Alex Norton, famous for his role as Taggart. For all those who’ve ever had trouble reading the great poet on the page, for those who love Scotland and for all the rest who like whisky, raise a mouthful of haggis to the Rabbie Burns. Featuring ‘Adress to a Haggis’, 'Tam o'Shanter', 'My Love Is Like a Red, Red, Rose', 'Holy Willie's Prayer', and 'To a Mouse'.
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A collection of some of Burns' most famous and treasured poems, brilliantly read by Scotland’s Alex Norton, famous for his role as Taggart. For all those who’ve ever had trouble reading the great poet on the page, for those who love Scotland and for all the rest who like whisky, raise a mouthful of haggis to the Rabbie Burns. Featuring ‘Adress to a Haggis’, 'Tam o'Shanter', 'My Love Is Like a Red, Red, Rose', 'Holy Willie's Prayer', and 'To a Mouse'.

Public Domain (P)2012 Spoken Ink

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    K. Reshkin Chicago, IL USA 01-29-13
    K. Reshkin Chicago, IL USA 01-29-13
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    "Good for listening; poor navigation"

    What I liked:

    Every year I read a Robert Burns poem at a Burns supper. It's hard for me to get the accent right because I'm not a native speaker of Scots English. Listening to this recording of Alex Norton was very helpful to get the pronunciation and cadence. I think I gave my best performance yet!

    A nice selection of poems, including a couple of the less famous ones, elegies and such.

    What I'd change:

    I wish there were a table of contents and a way to navigate easily to chapters (tracks) other than just clicking "next."

    I had to listen to the whole thing to write my own table of contents (track list). For an anthology like this (not a traditional book with chapters that follow in order), it was really a disadvantage.

    Here's the track listing:
    1. To a Haggis
    2. Of A' The Airts The Wind Can Blaw
    3. Rantin' Rovin' Robin
    4. Green Grow the Rushes O
    5. A man's a man for a' that
    6. To a mountain daisy
    7. Scots Wha Hae
    8. Auld Lang Syne
    9. Epitaph on a Wag in Mauchline
    10. Jon Anderson My Jo
    11. O Whistle, and I'll come to ye, my lad
    12. Fareweel To A'Our Scottish Fame
    13. The Deil's Awa' wi' th'Exciseman
    14. Rattlin' Roarin' Willie
    15. To a mouse
    16. Holy Willie's Prayer
    17. To a Louse
    18. On Seeing a Wounded Hare
    19. On the birth of a posthumous child
    20. Epitaph of the Poet's Daughter
    21. My love is like a red, red rose
    22. Afton Water
    23. Ae Fond Kiss
    24. Go fetch tae me a pint o' wine
    25. Ye Banks And Braes O'Bonnie Doon
    26. Tam O' Shanter

    If I were assembling an anthology like this to record, I'd stick to the poems that are not songs; it feels very forced to listen to song lyrics (such as "Auld Lang Syne" or "Rantin' Rovin' Robin") spoken instead of sung.

    I'd also lose the "atmospheric" bagpipes and other sound effects. I know it's Scottish without that! ;^)

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