Six Centuries of Verse

Six Centuries of Verse

Cast: John Gielgud

     
 
Rediscover the music of the spoken word as John Gielgud conducts a grand tour of English-language poetry through the centuries. Compiled by poet and literary critic Anthony Thwaite, these works show the power of verse to stir the emotions and fire the imagination. They include not only classics by great English and American poets -- including Chaucer, Shakespeare,

Overview

Rediscover the music of the spoken word as John Gielgud conducts a grand tour of English-language poetry through the centuries. Compiled by poet and literary critic Anthony Thwaite, these works show the power of verse to stir the emotions and fire the imagination. They include not only classics by great English and American poets -- including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron, Whitman, and Yeats -- but also surprising, often-overlooked gems. Gielgud provides the literary and historical context for each, while readings by outstanding British and American actors reveal the rich textures and seductive rhythms in every line. The performers include Peggy Ashcroft, Lee Remick, Stacy Keach, Ralph Richardson, Ian Richardson, Julian Glover, and Anthony Hopkins, among others. Produced in 1984 by Thames Television, the 16 half-hour episodes spread across 3 DVDs in this set, which also includes a 20-page guide to the series.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2010
UPC:
0054961837397
Rating:
NR
Source:
Athena
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
6:50:00

Special Features

20-page viewer's guide includes what to listen for, questions to consider, avenues for futher learning, glossary, English verse by era, and more; Lives of the poets; About the actors

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John Gielgud Narrator,Participant

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