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The Treasury of Victorian Poetry Audiobook

The Treasury of Victorian Poetry

William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present ARGO Classics, a historic catalogue of classic fiction read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly abridged and remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. A collection of the greatest poetry from the Victorian era, read by some of the 20th century’s most renowned actors. Science, religion, and sexuality are played out in these timeless readings of poetry written during the Romantic period. Performed by Sir John Gielgud; Peter Orr; Gwen Watford; and David King. This collection includes poems from: • Robert Browning • Lord Alfred Tennyson • Christina Rossetti • Gerard Manley Hopkins • Dante Gabriel Rossetti • Algernon Charles Swinburne • Paul Edmonds • Matthew Arnold • Haldreyn (William Morris) • Arthur Hugh Clough

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An Hour of Nature Poems - Volume 1 Audiobook

An Hour of Nature Poems - Volume 1

Silence is rare in Nature.When we really listen, Nature is conducting symphonies of sound as her world goes about the day and night. Her invisible heartbeat is everywhere, for everyone.Our eyes are constantly bathed in the wonder of her ways, the soft drizzle of rain from soft grey clouds, the bleached harsh desert sand of a noon day, a wave caressing the shore, to the ravenous colours of a departing sunset. Indeed, whenever we look and listen to the vastness of our world Nature's beauty is always there for us. She placates our anger, soothes our pain. Her vistas feed our hearts and souls; the world of a single flower brings a smile.In these 60 minutes nature takes us through her world of wonder.

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The Poets of the 19th Century - Volume 2 Audiobook

The Poets of the 19th Century - Volume 2

This is a Century for the history books. The Chinese curse of living in interesting times could not be more suited.A small island continued its expansion across the globe bringing both good and evil in its march. Empires clashed. Revolution shook many. The Industrial Age was upon us.Poets spoke up against slavery bringing social and political pressure upon an abominable horror. It was also the Age of the Romantics; Shelley, Keats, Byron lyrically rapture. Tennyson, Arnold, Browning rode a century of sweeping change of dynamism and great verse.

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The Poetry of the Moon & Stars Audiobook

The Poetry of the Moon & Stars

The sun has descended below the far horizon. The inky blackness of night begins to envelop the land. Day has gone and the nocturnal times reveal themselves. But above the dark blanket the moon, whether waxing or waning, stands sentry and around it vast clouds and swirls of stars regiment themselves. We look up in awe and wonder, frail beneath their vista.Our gloried poets are on hand though to capture word and deed, emotion and feeling, friend and foe. Among our ranks of astounding talents are Keats, Byron, Wordsworth, Hardy, Poe, Shelley, Longfellow and many more beside. Their descriptions capture what they see and feel and describe as perhaps only a poet can. This volume comes to you from Portable Poetry, a specialized imprint from Deadtree Publishing. Our range is large and growing and covers single poets, themes, and many compilations.

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The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins Audiobook

The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Richard Mitchley Release Date: August 2018

Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in Stratford, then part of Essex on 28th July, 1844, to deeply religious parents?the first of nine children.The family moved to Hampstead in 1852, near to where John Keats had lived thirty years before. At age ten the young Gerard was sent to school in nearby Highgate and afterwards to Balliol College, Oxford.Hopkins was unusually shy and reserved and prone to bizarre ideas. He once argued that most people drank more liquids than they really needed and bet that he could go without drinking for a week. He persisted until his tongue was black and he collapsed. In January 1866 Hopkins composed his most ascetic poem, The Habit of Perfection but a few days later he included poetry in the list of things to be given up for Lent. In July he decided to become a Catholic and by May 1868 Hopkins firmly "resolved to be religious." Less than a week later, he made a bonfire of his poems and ceased to write for almost seven years. In 1874 Hopkins returned to the Society of Jesus at Manresa House, Roehampton to teach classics. While he was studying in the Jesuit house of theological studies in North Wales, he was asked to write a poem to commemorate the foundering of a German ship in a storm. So in 1875 he was moved to take up poetry once more and write a lengthy poem, The Wreck of the Deutschland, inspired by the Deutschland maritime disaster in which 157 people died, including five nuns. The poem was accepted but not printed by a Jesuit publication. This rejection fed his ambivalence about his poetry. Most of his poetry remained unpublished until after his death.Hopkins chose the austere and restrictive life of a Jesuit and was at times gloomy. The brilliant student who had left Oxford with a first-class honours degree failed his final theology exam and although ordained in 1877, Hopkins would not progress in the order. That same year he wrote God's Grandeur, and sonnets including The Starlight Night and finished The Windhover.In 1884 he became professor of Greek and Latin at University College Dublin. His English roots, his disagreement with current Irish politics, as well as his own small stature (5'2"), shy nature and personal foibles meant that he was not an effective teacher. This and his isolation in Ireland deepened his gloom. The final years of his life continued to find him in a depressed state and to restrict his poetic inspiration. His extremely heavy work load coupled with the dislike of living in Dublin, away from England and friends meant his health further deteriorated, even his eyesight began to fail. As a devout Jesuit, he found himself in an artistic dilemma. To subdue any egotism which would violate the humility required by his religious position, he decided never to publish his poems. After suffering several bouts of diarrhoea, Gerard Manley Hopkins died of typhoid fever on 8th June, 1889 at the early age of 44. On his death bed, his last words were, "I am so happy, I am so happy. I loved my life." This volume comes to you from Portable Poetry, a specialized imprint from Deadtree Publishing. Our range is large and growing and covers single poets, themes, and many compilations.

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The Poetry of May Audiobook

The Poetry of May

May - the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and popular for May day and Workers Rights celebrations. For our poets including Milton, Hopkins, Von Goethe, Wordsworth and Longfellow much else is on their minds and its, of course, its beautifully put. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe. The tracks are; May - An Introduction; Ode Composed On A May Morning By William Wordsworth; Song On May Morning By John Milton; A Light Exists In Spring By Emily Dickinson; May 1917 By John Jay Thompson; May 1918 By John Jay Chapman; May By Sara Teasdale; In May By William Henry Davies; May Magnificat By Gerald Manley Hopkins; A Calendar Of Sonnets - May By Helen Hunt Jackson; May Song By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe; Over The May Hill By Ella Wheeler Wilcox; It Is Not Always May By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; The Young May Moon By Thomas Moore; A Spring Poem From Bion By Eugene Field; To A Primrose By Samuel Taylor Coleridge; To The Daisy By William Wordsworth; By My Sweetheart By Eugene Field; A Nuptial Verse To Mistress Elizabeth Lee, Now Lady Tracy By Robert Herrick; Sympathy By Emily Jane Bronte; May Night By Sara Teasdale; Where Go The Boats By Robert Louis Stevenson; On The Sea By Keats; The Rao Of Ilore by Laurence Hope; Sonnet To Lake Leman By Byron; All Is Well By Henry Scott Holland; The Bride By Laurence Hope; The Gardener By Rabindranath Tagore; Constantinople By Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; Late Spring By Henry Van Dyke; The School Boy By William Blake; Roots And Leaves Themselves Alone By Walt Whitman; The Oak By Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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The Poetry Of Heaven Audiobook

The Poetry Of Heaven

It is often said that two things are unavoidable; Death and Taxes. Certainly the latter is a common thorn in adult life but as to the former it seems that for many people it is merely a hiccup in Life's eternal journey. A journey they wish, if being of good deed and character, to share at the eternity of Heaven's largesse, a reward for Faith and the obligations of Religion. Of course for those not so fortunate an altogether different experience was prepared for them; Hell. For those who take religion as their companion Heaven conjures up all manner of eternal delights. Here we take the thoughts and words of such greats as Gerald Manley Hopkins, WB Yeats, Rupert Brooke, Emily Dickinson and many others to give their views of a time to come. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe.

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Victorian Poetry - Volume 2 Audiobook

Victorian Poetry - Volume 2

Author: Edward Lear, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Richard Mitchley Release Date: May 2017

Victorian Poetry - Volume 2 - An Introduction. Victoria's reign was long and presided over the restless expansion of the British Empire and reams of creative genius. Within these volumes we can bring only a glimpse of the richness, beauty and words of their poets and their musings on this remarkable age. Many are world renowned - Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Kipling, Austin, Hopkins, Hardy and Swinburne. Some almost forgotten - Patmore, Newbolt, Synge. And some barely noted - Lyall, Meynell and Merdeith. But together they encompass a great poetical age. In Volume 2 we collect together Thomas Hardy to George Meredith. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe.

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The Great Poets Audiobook

The Great Poets

Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins Narrator: JD Evans, Jeremy Northam Release Date: September 2008

A collection of the best-known poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). One of the Victorian era's greatest writers, Hopkins' reputation has continued to grow since his death. Our Great Poets series, launched in 2007, has proven very popular, offering many of the best-loved poems by popular poets in an inexpensive 1 CD collection - and well read by leading actors. This anthology of works by one of poetry's most daring innovators will undoubtedly become a best-seller. The collection includes The Windhover, The Caged Skylark, Carrion Comfort, Spring and Fall, and Inversnaid.

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