Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath

Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath

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Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath

Poetry Speaks features the work of the most influential writers in modern poetry-written and performed-from 1892 to 1997. This book combines their most significant poems in print with the authors themselves reading their poetry on audio CD. Poets range from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot and Dorothy Parker to Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath and Gwendolyn Brooks.

The power of spoken poetry is at the heart of Poetry Speaks. Poetry is a vocal art, an art meant to be read aloud. Listening to a poem read aloud can be a transforming experience. Poetry Speaks not only introduces the finest work from some of the greatest poets who ever lived, it reintroduces the oral tradition of poetry.

Poetry Speaks features over 40 poets in chapters each containing:
• The poems that are read by the poet on the audio CD
• Additional poems in print form to allow the reader to further explore the poet
• A short biography and photo of each poet
• Original manuscripts and letters for most of the featured poets
• An original essay for each poet written by today’s most influential poets, a veritable Who’s Who of poetry, including: Seamus Heaney on W.B. Yeats; Richard Wilbur on Robert Frost; Mark Strand on Wallace Stevens; Jorie Graham on Elizabeth Bishop; Glyn Maxwell on Dylan Thomas; and Rita Dove on Melvin B. Tolson.

Poetry Speaks-combining the talents of great poets past and living, their words written and spoken-is the most ambitious, comprehensive and innovative poetry project to be published in years, and is sure to be the model for collections to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570717208
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Edition description: BOOK & 3 CDs
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. Alfred Lord Tennyson
2. Robert Browning
3. Walt Whitman
4. W.B. Yeats
5. Gertrude Stein
6. Robert Frost
7. Carl Sandburg
8. Wallace Stevens
9. William Carlos Williams
10. Ezra Pound
11. H.D.
12. Robinson Jeffers
13. T.S. Eliot
14. John Crowe Ransom
15. Edna St. Vincent Millay
16. Dorothy Parker
17. E.E. Cummings
18. Louise Bogan
19. Melvin B. Tolson
20. Laura Riding
21. Langston Hughes
22. Ogden Nash
23. W.H. Auden
24. Louis MacNeice
25. Theodore Roethke
26. Elizabeth Bishop
27. Robert Hayden
28. Muriel Rukeyser
29. Randall Jarrell
30. John Berryman
31. Dylan Thomas
32. William Stafford
33. Robert Lowell
34. Gwendolyn Brooks
35. Robert Duncan
36. Phillip Larkin
37. Denise Levertov
38. Allen Ginsberg
39. Frank O’Hara
40. Anne Sexton
41. Etheridge Knight
42. Sylvia Plath

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Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is based on a good idea i.e.,enabling the reader of poetry to also be its listener,the listener of the poet reading their own poetry .This is enhanced by having distinguished contemporary poets write brief commentaries on the various poets of the anthology . The great problem I found with the work was with the realization of these ideas.For the first poets presented ,Tennyson Browning and Whitman, there is the poor quality of the recording at the time these poets lived. But this technical problem does not play a part with the other poets. With them very often the problem is that we hear from them work which is not their best.The anthology too includes a fairly large number of quite undistinguished poets . There are of course great and moving moments in the readings.Sandburg provides such , as does Frost in his way. There are also revelatory moments as in the chilling tone of Plath's reading which frightens in its deadening inhumanity.The perhaps most remarkable reader of his own poetry in modern times,Dylan Thomas is strong here also. The anthology 's perhaps greatest strength is the feel of a flowingness in poetry throughout .The expert's comments are brief and not very interesting for anyone who knows the poet's work well .There is little on a deep critical level here. This is a popular anthology but my sense is it could have been done in a better way. Is there by the way no religious poetry in the modern era? So again this work does give much it is also disappointing . The poem I willed / I could not write/ The poem I wrote/ became my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a little unusual at first to hear the actual voice recordings of the great poets. The recordings of William Butler Yeats, Tennyson, Robert Browning, e. e. cummings, Dorothy Parker, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, are all included reading their own works. What I find interesting is their individual style of reading. One one level it is fascinating to hear their actual voices and that brings a new dimension to how one might have interpreted their works in the past. On another level some of the voices may not bring forth the poetic character one might expect from a poet who is prolific in writing words yet less masterful in their spoken delivery. Still this is a great rare collection and a wonderful reference to the recorded words of these legendary poets. Certainly hearing Allen Ginsberg in contrast to still living great poets Seamus Heaney and Robert Pinsky brings to light the great weaves and textures words spoken from these authors bring. The book brings to life the poems in print form adding a short biography and photo of each poet. The book is well researched and you can read some original writings and reproduced manuscripts. Some of the earlier recordings were probably remastered and still sound like they were recorded with old world technology and that is to be expected. Otherwise this is an excellent -must have - collection.