The Sixteenth Century: Wyatt to Shakespeare

The Sixteenth Century: Wyatt to Shakespeare

by Penguin Audiobooks, Andrew Sachs, John Moffatt, Judi Dench
     
 
This comprehensive anthology is a unique collection of verse as it was meant to be experienced--through the spoken word. Containing a wide selection of English poetry from the 16th to the early 20th century, Penguin English Verse is an original compilation. Each volume includes a special booklet containing the entire text. The 16th century saw the genius of Spenser

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This comprehensive anthology is a unique collection of verse as it was meant to be experienced--through the spoken word. Containing a wide selection of English poetry from the 16th to the early 20th century, Penguin English Verse is an original compilation. Each volume includes a special booklet containing the entire text. The 16th century saw the genius of Spenser and Shakespeare transform a century already rich in poetry into a golden age. 2 cassettes.

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Library Journal
It is a sad comment on the world of trade publishing that Penguin, a major house, could have produced a six-volume series of great English poets, narrated by some of the finest English actors, and not have required its engineers to keep the output levels up to par. To properly hear this recording, most listeners will have to crank up the volume until background noise becomes intrusive. Also, Elizabethan verse, which is often, beneath its elegance, sensual and lusty, even boisterous and lewd, calls for strong narrative voices that can reflect the earthier side of Shakespeare's England. Unfortunately, this assemblage of narrators takes a respectfully intelligent, technically impeccable, but ultimately bloodless and uninspired approach. Sean Barrett and Alan Cumming are exceptions, and Shakespeare's long poem "Venus and Adonis," delightfully interpreted by Alec McGowan, makes it impossible not to recommend this imperfect collection. The selections on the whole are quite good, including Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd," Wyatt's "Mine Own John Poyntz," Donne's "The Flea," and, appearing like a brilliant light, the incomparable sonnets of Shakespeare. Recommended for larger literature collections. [The entire "Penguin English Verse" series consists of six volumes covering English poetry from the 16th to the 20th century.-Ed.]-Peter Josyph, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140861303
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
4.42(w) x 7.14(h) x 1.50(d)

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