The Voice of the Poet: W. H. Auden

The Voice of the Poet: W. H. Auden

by W. H. Auden
     
 

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Some of the most enduring poetry of the twentieth century, read by the legendary Auden himself. This collection features such favorites as "As I Walked Out One Evening," "Musee des Beaux Arts" and "The Shield of Achilles," among many others.

A companion book is included with these never-before-released recordings.  See more details below

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Some of the most enduring poetry of the twentieth century, read by the legendary Auden himself. This collection features such favorites as "As I Walked Out One Evening," "Musee des Beaux Arts" and "The Shield of Achilles," among many others.

A companion book is included with these never-before-released recordings.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
In a brilliant audio packaging concept, these three tapes initiate an "audio and book" series. The poets (all now deceased) read from their work, and there is a 64-page book presenting an introductory biographical and critical overview by editor J.D. McClatchy, plus text of the poems, photos, and illuminating fragments from letters. Plath's two readings, as the editor notes, show a dramatic tonal difference, from the flat recitation of early poems to the stark, cutting, forceful severity of her voice as she moves through the poems that would be collected posthumously as Ariel. The readings by Merrill and Auden are culled from various sources, especially important in Merrill's case, where McClatchy has sought out the more accessible of the poet's often complex poems. Surprisingly, Auden's reading is the least pleasurable, perhaps because there are many other recordings of him reading his own work. These tapes, and hopefully others to follow in this series, are a perfect means of introducing interested but uncommitted readers and listeners to poetry. Essential for all libraries.--Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Read by author. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375405921
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
Voice of the Poet Series
Edition description:
Abridged, 1 cassette
Product dimensions:
4.51(w) x 7.14(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) was one of the wittiest and most worldly of English poetry's great twentieth century masters. His work ranges from the political to the religious, from the urbane to the romantic. He is also, with his exhilarating lyrical power and his understanding of love and longing in all their sacred and profane guises, an exemplary champion of human wisdom in its encounter with the mysteries of experience. More than any other poet, Auden used his poetry as an instrument to study the massive forces, dramas, and upheavals of the twentieth century, and his work displays an astonishing range of voice and breath of concern.

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