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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Profoundly satisfying, the poems are read beautifully, and the short biographies are thoroughly entertaining! Throughout, some poems are accompanied by their history, while others are presented in context with the history of the poet. I have listened to this audiobook several times, and will continue to do so into the future. Occasionally John Lithgow decides to read a poem himself, and these readings are generally my favourite. One of the few exceptions is the beggar to Mab, the Fairie Queen.
I can easily recommend this collection of poems to anyone.
I do not have a print version of The Poet's Corner.
The closest things I can think of are "She walks in beauty" and another anthology that grouped poems thematically by the seven ages of man (as per the Bard). But I liked this one better because it was personal
Can't point out any single one... it depends completely on my mood or state of mind
The reading of and commentary around Dylan Thomas' "Do not go gently."
Most of the questions asked here are not really fitting for the type of book this one is... It is not a story but an anthology of poetry, selected and commented upon by John Lithgow. I really liked both the information he offered about each poet and his insights into both specific poems and bodies of work on the whole.
I've always had an interest in poetry hence why I read this book. However, Lithgow's selection of poets and poems here, coupled with his insight, has kindled something within me that has converted my interest to passion.
Creatively curating space/place as art adventure for the actively engaged. Writing retreats at artfarmfennville+Redwoods of Corralitos.
Professionally polished. My current fall back I've enjoyed this weekly. My go to for a bite.
What a wonderful audio book. Some great poems, great narration and additional comments by Mr. Lithgow, and wonderful selection. It is great to listen to while driving, and being able to quote some poetry now and then is always a plus. (Even my three year old knows some of "To a mouse", and loves it)
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.
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