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.
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Loved this collection. Beautifully arranged and thoughtfully presented. A sweet selection, worthwhile in every way. Not too much introduction but enough for interest.
I'll return again and again.
I like John Lithgow, he's a great actor, and the team he gathers to read the poems he has selected are fabulous. But in this instance, Lithgow proves to be more full of himself than he is of the great poetry he blathers on about. More poetry, less Lithgow IMHO,
Yes. John Lithgow selected and talks to us about a wide and lovely array of English Language Poems. Each poem is read by an actor. Some are silly, others heartbreaking, some angry, a few ecstatic and many longing. If you want to get involved with poetry or reintroduce yourself and/or another adult or older child this is an excellent vehicle to get you started. Recommend getting both this audiobook and the Kindle or printed version to read along.
Each poem is read by a different actor. In each section Lithgow ties in his own experiences with that particular poem in addition to giving a a short but well researched discussion concerning the poet and his/her poetry.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
Lithgow does a great job with this. You can hear the excitement he has for poetry in his narrative. Was a great cross-section of poets, and great selections. Those who read the poems did so with the energy intended. Bravo!
I love the reading of Edward Lear's ``The Owl and the Pussycat" and ``The Jumblies"
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The narrators read the poems with all the energy, emphasis and spirit intended.
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.
John Lithgow's grandmother. And the Jumblies. After all, they went to sea in a sieve, they did!
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.
Third Poet from the Sun
One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci
It was such a pleasure listening to these highly-esteemed actors reading this eclectic collection of poetry, ranging from sparkling to somber, from Auden and Blake to Wordsworth and Yeats.
Each of the 50 chapters provides a short back story on a famed poet, a reading of one, two or three of her/his poems and a brief epilogue.
These poems and poets aroused in me a panoply of emotions and reminded me of the tremendous value of art / poetry to a life worth living.
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.
The selection of poems was good.
His narration was fine, but his lengthy commentary was intrusive.
Lithgow reads well and offered a good selection.
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.
Worth every penny. Superbly done. John Lithgow has presented an excellent compilation of poems, though some of your favorites may be missing. My only complaint: why would anyone cast Susan Sarandon to read Dylan Thomas's Do Not Go Gentle Into that Goodnight? Murdered it. It was like watching a friend die from behind a two-way mirror.
Like a great music cd, I go to this listen over and over again. The various voices,
(of pretty well known actors by the way) are so rich and interesting. The background
on each poet really informs the poetry read and makes it so inviting and alive.
John Lithgow has has created a work of joy here, and its such a pleasure to share his love of poetry.
I was expecting John Lithgow's lovely voice to read me some poetry as I fell asleep. Then when "the class" started, it caught me by surprise. I fell in love with the stories! I knew I liked poetry, and now I know why. Thank you, Mr Lithgow!
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