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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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.
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 feel like I was let in on so many secrets. I really enjoyed the back stories . John's optimistic nature and his love for these poems was delightful .
Enjoyed the wonderful narration and then being able to go back from time to time to read the poems for myself. Also enjoyed the way the poems are organized: in alphabetical order of the poets' names.
This is a good listen if you like poetry but are a novice or like me, know nothing about poetry and you’re looking to step outside your typical box. It’s clear that I don’t have the education to fully appreciate some of nuances that Lithgow revels in, but I found many of the poems beautiful, entertaining or thought provoking.
I never would have made it through this book if I were reading it – I would have stopped by being frustrated with the pronunciation of some of the words no longer typical in todays English. There’s also one poem read in a thick Scottish accent that I listened to twice and still have no idea what was said…
Several of the poems conjure mental images as I think about the book while writing these notes. The last line of the poem "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" will be with me for the rest of my life.
Yes, over and over, and over and over, the study and contemplation of each poem is a grand and important way to spend an hour, or a day, or a life time. Listen to them. Read them. Speak them.
John Lithgow - he is the object of a powerful man-crush that I have for him that started when I first saw him in the film "Buck-a-roo Banzai" and my marvel at his skill and talent has grown ever since. I like every thing I've seen him perform. I love each "acted, read, spoken, emoted" word that leaves his wise and wonderful mouth - he is a national treasure to American theater, and to all literature.
Any and all utterances words and general noises of any kind that involved the spoken words of John Lithgow.
My favorite poet? Hard. However, it was Edgar Allan Poe who emerged blood-red out of a book and changed my whole world forever! Winding time to Blackest-Midnight at his sorcerous writings and altered forever my understanding of the power of words when I was a young boy of 8 or 9 I think. So, Mister Poe's work always moves me deeply, shivers me cold as a tomb... & rattles my bones till the day they dance apart and fall to the floor dead.
This should be mandatory listening for every girl & boy as soon as they are old enough to hold still and appreciate the magic experience of listening to a good story teller, or poet perform the ultimate form of communication.
This is a wonderful poetry class taught by John Lithgow. The performances by so many famous and talented actors is a real treat. My only regret is that the audio book doesn't allow me to just listen to poems. That would be great especially after learning so much.
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.
Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.
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.
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.
Strong, clear, and dramatic readers.
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.
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.
You will enjoy this. I listened all the way through and then started over again.
My favorite "character" is John Lithgow. His intelligence and humor suffuse the collection.
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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