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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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!
Having been away from the word I found myself searching for audio books to pull me in . This has done that and more. A scope covered that inspires me to explore life more fully. The most memmorable was the reading of Gertrude Steins portrait poem of Picasso. It reset my bored mind and made me laugh as I was visualizing Picasso animated by the words. Thank you
Being rather new to poetry (although 85) this book was a wonderful introduction to that world. Lithgow made each chapter a looked to adventure. My regret being Lithgow did not do all the readings. His readings seemed to be more vibrant and communicative than many of his guests. I strongly recommended the book to my homeschooling daughter as a delightful daily break for her class of three.
John Lithgow and all the other performers in this audio book have outdone themselves. John Lithgow provide a deep inside look of all the poets mentioned in this captivating book. This is most certainly one that I will listen to time and time again.
So impressed. I am a literature teacher and poetry lover - this is so succinct and insightful. Very impressed w John Lithgow. The narration was so personal and easy to follow/enjoy.
Lithgow takes 50 of his favorite poems and presents them to the listener in an informative format. There is a chapter for each poet and they are arranged in alphabetical order by the poet's last name. At the beginning of each chapter the poet is given a succinct description. For example, "Edgar Allen Poe, poet of the macabre." Lithgow gives a brief bio of each poet and then the poem is read by one of many well known actors. After the poem is read, Lithgow does some analysis of the poem and shares the titles of other "favorite " poems by the same poet and some additional resources for more information on that poet.
I loved the format as it allowed me to sample "The Best Of" so many poets. I will absolutely listen to this again and again. I will also be digging deeper into the works few of my favorite poets.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
There is something about the voice and manner of John Lithgow that burns brightly in one’s imagination. Maybe it is the serious and comic ability of his Broadway and television presence or an underlying sense of knowing that he knows more than you when he speaks his memorized lines. “The Poets’ Corner” confirms all three; i.e. Lithgow is everything you expect. He is serious. He is comic, and he knows more than you know.
Of course the Poets’ Corner is a location in Westminster Abbey dedicated to famous poets, playwrights, and writers. Some of the poets in Lithgow’s book are memorialized in the Abbey. But Lithgow’s choice of inclusion is not limited to the Westminster’ scions of poetry. Lithgow lists poets by the alphabet and offers a thumbnail biography of each. He participates and enlists great, and near-great actors to read the poems. The result is magically delicious.
A listener enjoys Lithgow’s fascinating assembly of poets; whether admirer, critic, or amateur.
Phenomenal summaries of poets, poetic readings, and overall listen. Loved guest readings by Morgan Freeman. Made it that much better.
It would depend on the friend and the purpose of the recommendation.
Mr. Lithgow's personal antecdotes of his parents' love of poetry and how it shaped him.
Gertrude Stein's Portait of Picasso.
Yes, but just couldn't.
This book was not exactly what I had in mind but it is informative and inspiring so I will keep it for further study. It took two road trips to get it done. I had hoped to simply have poetry read to me but it turned out to be more of an anthology, reading like a college lecture, or an introduction to Mr. Lithgow's 51 favorite poets ,consisting of a short biography of each, one sample poem of each, followed by a brief analysis of each and sometimes mixed in with a few personal and poignant anecdotes. Some are read by Mr. Lithgow but most are read by his guest actors.
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