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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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!
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.
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