81 Famous Poems

An Audio Companion to The Norton Anthology of Poetry
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
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Listen to the sound of English as it was meant to be heard.

This collection of timeless British and American poems is an experience to be treasured. The readings, by brilliant classic actors Alexander Scourby, Nancy Wickwire, and Bramwell Fletcher, are presented in the order they appear in The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Third Edition, and are selected for their ability to delight. The poetry is also among the most anthologized verse in the English language.

Included are such best-loved works as Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?", John Donne's "Go and Catch a Falling Star", Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time", Robert Burns' "A Red, Red Rose", John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn", Walt Whitman's "O Captain, My Captain", and William Butler Yeats' "The Wild Swans at Coole", a total of 81 major poems from 39 poets. It is simply a collection of the best.

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"The readings are seamlessly and expertly delivered with sensitive interpretations." ( Booklist)
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Untitled Chapters Make An Audiobook Hard To Use

The audio quality is quite good, but because this is a book of many short poems, the untitled chapters make the book hard to use. This is important because listening to a poem just once or twice is never enough.

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👍book I book to have for reading and writing to hear 👂!like the too much

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  • CMHD
  • 06-19-17

Great readings, but why no list of the poems?

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The audio is divided into chapters, but they are just numbered, it does not list the poems, which is frankly ridiculous.

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  • mark
  • 02-02-19

recited beautifully but .....

pros. recited beautifully and is a treasure because of it.

cons. There is a intro giving the title. so why then is this not a positive? Rather than the narrator giving the intro its an ascended that starkly contrasts the tone and I would love to get rid of it but don't think you can do that with audible. Who ever produced this needs there head examined.

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  • Prudens
  • 06-22-20

Beautiful poetry

The poetry is beautiful but sometimes interpreted gloomily by the reader., or not in the rhythm and spirit of the poem.