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The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family | [John Lithgow]

The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".
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Publisher's Summary

This unique package provides a unique poetry experience from one of today's most beloved performers.

John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, and Dylan Thomas are just a few names among Lithgow's comprehensive list of poetry masters. Family members can take turns listening to these poems and enjoy how each comes to life through the spoken word in this engaging poetry collection.

©2007 The Watershed Company; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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    Tom Houston, TX, United States 02-17-13
    Tom Houston, TX, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I think they missed a narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poets' Corner to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Lithgow's grandmother. And the Jumblies. After all, they went to sea in a sieve, they did!


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Third Poet from the Sun


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    Elizabeth ST AUGUSTINE, FL, United States 03-24-12
    Elizabeth ST AUGUSTINE, FL, United States 03-24-12
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    "Great selection, irritating format"
    Would you try another book from John Lithgow and/or the narrators?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The selection of poems was good.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    His narration was fine, but his lengthy commentary was intrusive.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Lithgow reads well and offered a good selection.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 09-24-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 09-24-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Poetic love shared"

    An eclectic collection of poets make up this book. I enjoyed the guest readers who did a great job of giving life to the readings. Lithgow's love for poetry comes through as he gives his personal history of reading poetry and then proceeds to give a brief review of each poet. It is certainly a collection I will listen to from time to time.

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    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 07-08-14
    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 07-08-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Too Much Description"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poets' Corner the most enjoyable?

    I like John Lithgow, and his prologue describing his early years of discovering poetry through the orange covered Childcraft books resonated with me, since this was also my experience.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I like to listen to poetry, not have it's meaning explained to me. I would suggest that John Lithgow do his next "Poetry Corner" as an anthology similar to Garrison' Keillor's "Good Poems" and just share his favorite poems with us.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Strong, clear, and dramatic readers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt disappointed, because my expectation was for a book of John Lithgow and others reading poetry, not having Lithgow explaining the history and life of the poets in each section. For every two poems there was extensive explanation.of the poets and their poems. I felt like I was at a poetry lecture.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who would like to know the background and history of the poets presented will find this book to be impressive and well researched. Anyone who simply wants to listen to poetry will have to put up with a lot of excess verbiage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Jan from Maine 06-04-14

    Jana P. Grammy of 7 boys, Mom of 3 daughters, 1 son Lover of books & better eye sight.

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    "Our Absolute Favorite Book read by "Dad""

    There is absolutely something enchanting & rather intoxicating about John Lithgow's voice. His narration is reminiscent of 'dear ole Dad' giving a bit of information about each piece & it's author; but never too much too bore, yet enough to enlighten & entice you to want more.
    The kids actually WANT to hear it so much so that we now have a nightly 'read'. The poetry is always varied, making it always new sounding & exciting to young & older ears alike. It's a wonderful thing to be able to say "the kids want to hear poetry each night"! It's kind of funny, I always feel like I'm "tricking" people into believing this, as if maybe I'm referring to some children's stories that can be considered poetry. Not the case! This is the real deal, with poets both old & new. They have even looked up different poets after hearing them in this to hear more of their works. Now if that's not an EXCELLENT poetry book, to inspire even the youngest of us, what is?
    Thank-you for such a great 'book', the memorable nights, & opening the children's minds to thoroughly enjoy poetry!
    I hope this helps you, & you give a listen. (Click Yes below if it helps you decide-thanks:)

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    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 10-14-13
    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "If you have ever enjoyed poetry ..."
    Would you listen to The Poets' Corner again? Why?

    You will enjoy this. I listened all the way through and then started over again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite "character" is John Lithgow. His intelligence and humor suffuse the collection.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audiobook. John Lithgow is erudite and funny. The collection is not comprehensive. How could it be? It's Lithgow's personal favorites, arranged in alphabetical order by poet's last name. No theme. No survey of development. Just lovely poems, one after another, with Lithgow's commentary in between.

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    Jill Georgetown, SC, United States 10-08-12
    Jill Georgetown, SC, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful Intro To Poetry"
    Would you listen to The Poets' Corner again? Why?

    I loved listening to this book for the language of poetry.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poets' Corner?

    Listening to John Lithgow's stories of his grandmother reciting poetry.


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

    The poem about the carriage that broke down on its' 100th birthday.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for getting people interested in poetry again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Asta 07-06-12
    Asta 07-06-12
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    "Good for Others, Not for Me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I recommend this audiobook to those who would like exposure to many different poets and poems, would like to learn more about poets and their poems, or to a budding poetry enthusiast.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the book were the short biographies, anecdotes, general interpretations and personal responses to the poems, as well as information about other favorite poems by those poets and where to go to look for more or to hear actual recorded poet readings. The least interesting were probably the majority of the poems - for me.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I heard John Lithgow's reading of "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss. I enjoyed his expressive performance there. His poetry readings, while his passion for them were quite clearly conveyed, tended to be a bit duller.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was actually a wonderfully diverse range of American and British (nearly) poetry from over the centuries. The sampling of poetic literature throughout my grade school years had nothing on it. There were several poets I'd recognized, a few poems I'd read, and many others I had heard of for the first time. The reason I'd purchased this audiobook was to expose myself to more poetry, and on that account, I was satisfied with my purchase.

    I also appreciated John Lithgow's undeniable love for poetry and his desire to share this love with others. Unfortunately, he failed in that with me. I have come to the conclusion that poetry doesn't do much for me. While I had enjoyed a few of the poems in this collection, nearly all of them didn't stir anything in me. Most of them went in through one ear and out the other. I found myself listening to the poet's mini biographies and anecdotes rather than the poems themselves. When I consider my own enjoyment level, I sincerely regret purchasing this audiobook. However, this has nothing to do with the quality of the production and everything to do with my own personal tastes in poetry - or lack thereof.

    I did enjoy a few of the performances, but most of them did not resonate with me. I might want to try reading poetry instead of listening to it in the future.

    Parts of this review were cross-posted from Goodreads.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AChristi Arkansas,USA 05-28-12
    AChristi Arkansas,USA 05-28-12
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    What made the experience of listening to The Poets' Corner the most enjoyable?

    I bought this to help me with a college paper, it is an excellent resourse for anyone that has had limited exposure to poetry. John Lithgow makes the poetry an entertaining and enjoyable experience.Now that my class is over I plan to listen just for fun.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    He made the poetry understandable and the stories came alive with his insightful narration along with the actors recitile.


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    P. Evans Dallas, TX United States 04-15-12
    P. Evans Dallas, TX United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "like a great course in your favorite poems"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poets' Corner to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What other book might you compare The Poets' Corner to and why?

    unique


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    (this interrogative is grammatically incorrect; should read, "What do the narrators bring..."
    The readers of the selected poetry make each poem 'sing'. My only slight criticism is wishing that British voices had been selected to read those poems whose authors were English/British. American voices (and i'm American) just doesn't carry the same lilt. My bias, i know.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but it's better in small bits.


    Any additional comments?

    lovely book; will be listening to this repeatedly.

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