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The Poets' Corner Audiobook

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

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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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    John A Holbrook 04-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Listened, Listened Again, Again, Again"

    I loved the Poet's Corner John Lithgow
    Made excellent selections. He provided
    great background on each poet. All the
    readers did the poems and poets justice. I have listened countless times.

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    Daniel 03-21-17
    Daniel 03-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh"

    I'm sure the material was great, though John Lithgow made it quite difficult to listen to. Thinking I'll definitely have to buy the print and read on my own.

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    William 03-14-17
    William 03-14-17
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    "Insightful collection and distinguished reading"

    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.

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    N. Sankaran 03-09-17
    N. Sankaran 03-09-17
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    "What a treat!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poets' Corner to be better than the print version?

    I do not have a print version of The Poet's Corner.


    What other book might you compare The Poets' Corner to and why?

    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


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't point out any single one... it depends completely on my mood or state of mind


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

    The reading of and commentary around Dylan Thomas' "Do not go gently."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Caloeki Orlando, FL 02-20-17
    Caloeki Orlando, FL 02-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome!"

    Favorite Actors performing renowned works of literature. I loved it! All of it! Highly recommend to poetry lovers

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    Jeremy Hancock 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Ignited a Passion for Poetry"

    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.

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    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 11-21-16
    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 11-21-16

    Creatively curating space/place as art adventure for the actively engaged. Writing retreats at artfarmfennville+Redwoods of Corralitos.

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    "Fantastic slice of well known pieces"

    Professionally polished. My current fall back I've enjoyed this weekly. My go to for a bite.

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    Jane 09-20-16
    Jane 09-20-16
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    "Enchanting introduction to poetry"

    This collection is well curated and annotated. Great performances, too. I learned that I love Elizabeth Bishop, and I am so grateful.

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    Adam R. 08-09-16
    Adam R. 08-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful primer"

    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)

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    Kindle Customer 07-11-16
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    "fall in love with poetry...again"

    poetry made personal, from the point of view of a fan and friends, not boring classroom lectures

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