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The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family | [John Lithgow]

The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

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".
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Publisher's Summary

This unique package provides a unique poetry experience from one of today's most beloved performers.

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.

©2007 The Watershed Company; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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    Scot Rocklin, CA, United States 07-18-11
    Scot Rocklin, CA, United States 07-18-11
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    "Thank You, JL"

    There once was a book on my iPad,
    When piped into ears made them glad;
    Adoring the poems of Keats,
    and too the bohemian beats,
    I mostly wish John Lithgow were my dad.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    John Robertson Tulsa, OK 02-26-09
    John Robertson Tulsa, OK 02-26-09 Member Since 2008

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    "A great introduction"

    Poetry is unknown territory for me, and this was a wonderful listen. John Lithgow is enthusiastic and informative, and the readings are very good. No issues with the selections, and was glad there was no heavy analysis.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen L. Smith 12-22-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful!"

    I have listened to this several times and each time I enjoyed it more. There is "just enough" biographical information about each poet as well as suggestions for additional reading. All of the narrators are terrific. If you are new to poetry or a poetry lover, you'll enjoy this one. Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Roelofs Brisbane australia 10-01-12
    Patricia Roelofs Brisbane australia 10-01-12

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    "Simply Sublime"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poets' Corner the most enjoyable?

    I have always loved poetry,and this collection was recommended to me.I am on my second
    run through and am transported once again by the mellifluous tones of John Lithgow and the terrific renditions of his chosen presenters.The eclectic choice of poems, surprise and delight.

    Most often the chosen poem is not the most recognisable by the poet,something a little
    off kilter to tease and encourage further exploration.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Lithgow is mesmerising,His perfect pitch,his beautiful diction,and his erudite introduction to each poet was entertaining as well as educational.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Jay Rush Gladwyne, PA USA 09-17-12
    Thomas Jay Rush Gladwyne, PA USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poets' Corner to be better than the print version?

    If you like poetry you will love this book. John Lithgow may not be the most scholarly poetry critic in the world - but that's what I liked most about this book. His comments about each poet's life as well as their poetry is, if not amazing, at least entertaining. The readers of the poems, which in some cases is John Lithgow, and in other cases other notable actors and readers are all great. If I found other books like this I would buy them.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian LYorba Linda , CA, United States 08-15-13
    Adrian LYorba Linda , CA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Poetry in a meaningful way"
    If you could sum up The Poets' Corner in three words, what would they be?

    Relevant, Insightful and well delivered


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poets' Corner?

    Listening to Gertrude Stein perform her poem in homage to Picasso at the urging of John Lithgow.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. What I loved about what Mr. Lithgow did was to present background information about the poet, things to listen for in the poem and then an analysis after it was performed. Many of the poems are familiar to me and it was really interesting to hear a different perspective on the poems meanings.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many of the performances were quite moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a really good audio book to listen to with family and friends and to allow everyone to share their insights along with what is shared in the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jenise Canada 11-29-12
    Jenise Canada 11-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Extraordinary for the Classroom, or Kids At Home"
    If you could sum up The Poets' Corner in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliantly cast readers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poets' Corner?

    My 3-year old son has me playing Billy Connolly's Owl & the Pussy Cat over and over, while my students were riveted by the Cavalier poet as we studied the English Civil Wars in history class.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The casting is superb. Gary Sinise gives, of course, a genius, understated reading. Morgan Freeman's We Real Cool absolutely captures the language and purpose of these deceptively simple words (although, he could read a Take Out menu and sound exquisite). And the ladies - Kathy Bates, Helen Miren, Jody Foster...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I fell in love with poetry again, having remembered that it is meant to be read aloud, not studied and deconstructed in a classroom. It has changed the way I teach.


    Any additional comments?

    An ideal Christmas gift for all the teachers in your life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Tapping, Australia 12-05-11
    Daryl Tapping, Australia 12-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent introduction to poetry"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poets' Corner to be better than the print version?

    I have long been a fan of good poetry but knew little or nothing of the art behind the words. This was a fantastic introduction for me to the world of poetry, the history and great names in the area - as well as providing me with a lot of very good poems to think over and work through my mind. Liked it a lot.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is something I have returned to several times and still working my way through parts of it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arlington Cory NY, NY USA 10-14-13
    Arlington Cory NY, NY USA 10-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Wonderful Selection of Poems Read and Discussed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donnalynn Glens Falls, NY, United States 05-06-13
    Donnalynn Glens Falls, NY, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Didn't want it to end"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poets' Corner the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poets' Corner?

    I love the reading of Edward Lear's ``The Owl and the Pussycat" and ``The Jumblies"


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    (hope you can correct the grammar in the above question)
    The narrators read the poems with all the energy, emphasis and spirit intended.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    MORE!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Perfect poetry collection"

    I really enjoyed this collection: both Lithgow's commentary which was insightful and funny, and hearing the different, sometimes familiar voices reciting the poems. There is a lot of a variety here and so for most listeners, there will be old and new favourites. This is a lovely collection to have and to give - you can't really go wrong.

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