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Paradise Lost (Unabridged) Audiobook

Paradise Lost (Unabridged)

Author: John Milton Narrator: David Mccran Release Date: November 2020

Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608-1674). The first version, published in 1667, consists of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, arranged into twelve books (in the manner of Virgil's Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout. It is considered by critics to be Milton's major work, and it helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time. The poem concerns the biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton's purpose, stated in Book I, is to 'justify the ways of God to men.'

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Paradise Lost Audiobook

Paradise Lost

Author: John Milton Narrator: Jon Waters Release Date: August 2020

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..” Paradise Lost is a well-known and integral part of the English literary canon. Told as an epic poem in blank verse, Paradise Lost is John Milton’s retelling of the biblical story of Satan’s fall from grace and the beginning of humanity. In the beginning of Paradise Lost, Satan has ben banished to Hell and is working to organize the angels who fell with him and create his new kingdom. While a constant angelic war rages, Satan begins to wield his influence on the first humans created on Earth, and soon tempts them into defying God by using wit and logic to tempt Eve. The actions get Adam and Eve banished from paradise, and in the aftermath of their sin they get to glimpse the future of humanity based on their actions. It is a dramatic and compelling look at Milton’s view of humanity and the nature of humans based on biblical stories. With epic storytelling and powerful writing, Paradise Lost remains one of the seminal works of religious fiction. Milton’s command of language to embellish biblical stories set him up to be one of the most important writers of early English literature.

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Paradise Lost: Penguin Classics Audiobook

Paradise Lost: Penguin Classics

Author: John Milton Narrator: Adrian Schiller Release Date: June 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Adrian Schiller. In Paradise Lost Milton produced poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man. Written when Milton was in his fifties - blind, bitterly disappointed by the Restoration and briefly in danger of execution - Paradise Lost's apparent ambivalence towards authority has led to intense debate about whether it manages to 'justify the ways of God to men', or exposes the cruelty of Christianity. Introduction © 2003 John Leonard (P) 2019 Penguin Audio

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Paradise Lost - John Milton Audiobook

Paradise Lost - John Milton

Author: John Milton Narrator: Omc Release Date: March 2020

Beginning with the story of Satan after he was expelled from Heaven along with his followers, Paradise Lost details Satan’s journey to the Garden of Eden and his intent to destroy God’s new creation. The poem also depicts the perspectives of both Adam and Eve, examining their personalities and motivations before and after Eve’s fateful temptation.After publishing Paradise Lost, author John Milton was immediately recognized and lauded as one of the greatest English poets. Paradise Lost has since influenced numerous poets and writers, including many of the Romantics, William Blake, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and T. S. Eliot.

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The Poetry of the 17th Century - Volume 2 Audiobook

The Poetry of the 17th Century - Volume 2

Author: Ben Jonson, John Milton, Robert Herrick Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Richard Mitchley Release Date: January 2020

The Elizabethan age had almost departed and the world had seen the rise of great European empires that continued to hunt with mischief between themselves as they traversed the globe in search of more spoils and territories. In England the Civil War had brought about the Will of Parliament and the replacement of the Crown as the governing body. But with these Puritan times, and the subsequent Restoration, Poetry had entered a golden age. John Milton, John Dryden, Ben Jonson are but a few of the luminaries whose great verse followed in the wake of the immortal William Shakespeare.

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William Shakespeare - A Tribute in Verse Audiobook

William Shakespeare - A Tribute in Verse

Author: Ben Jonson, John Milton, Matthew Arnold Narrator: Ghizlea Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Richard Mitchley Release Date: January 2020

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in late April 1565 and baptized there on 26th April. He was one of eight children. Little is known about his life but what is evident is the enormous contribution he has made to World Literature. His writing was progressive, magnificent in scope and breathtaking in execution. His plays and sonnets helped enable the English language to speak with a voice unmatched by any other.William Shakespeare died on the 23rd April 1616, survived by his wife and two daughters. He was buried two days after his death in the chancel of the Holy Trinity church.Poets rarely praise another of their kind but Shakespeare deserved all their praise – and more. And our poets down the centuries have been lavish and fulsome with him. Or to paraphrase the great Bard himself:—‘If words shall be the food of love, read on….’

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The Poetry Hour - Volume 19 Audiobook

The Poetry Hour - Volume 19

Author: Herman Melville, John Milton, Robert Herrick Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Richard Mitchley Release Date: January 2020

Poetry is often cited as our greatest use of words. The English language has well over a million of them and poets down the ages seem, at times, to make use of every single one. But often they use them in simple ways to describe anything and everything from landscapes to all aspects of the human condition. Poems can evoke within us an individual response that takes us by surprise; that opens our ears and eyes to very personal feelings.Forget the idea of classic poetry being somehow dull and boring and best kept to children’s textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. Where to start? How to do that? Poetry can be difficult. We’ve put together some very eclectic Poetry Hours, with a broad range of poets and themes, to entice you and seduce you with all manner of temptations. In this hour we introduce poets of the quality and breadth of Robert Herrick and Herman Melville as well as themes on Westminster Memorials, December and more.All of them are from Portable Poetry, a dedicated poetry publisher. We believe that poetry should be a part of our everyday lives, uplifting the soul & reaching the parts that other arts can’t. Our range of audiobooks and ebooks cover volumes on some of our greatest poets to anthologies of seasons, months, places and a wide range of themes. Portable Poetry can found at iTunes, Audible, the digital music section on Amazon and most other digital stores. This audio book is also duplicated in print as an ebook. Same title. Same words. Perhaps a different experience. But with Amazon’s whispersync you can pick up and put down on any device – start on audio, continue in print and any which way after that. Portable poetry – Let us join you for the journey.The Poetry Hour – Volume 19Robert Herrick. An IntroductionAn Hymn to the Muses by Robert HerrickHis Farewell to Sack by Robert HerrickHis Return To London by Robert HerrickTo Electra by Robert HerrickTo Find God by Robert HerrickThe Lake Poets. An IntroductionFrost At Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Inchcape Rock by Robert SoutheyI Travell’d Amongst Unknown Men by William WordsworthIt Was An April Morning Fresh And Clear by William WordsworthDecemberCome, Come Thou Bleak December Wind (Fragment 3) by Samuel Taylor ColeridgeWinter Stores by Charlotte BronteThe Death of the Old Year by Alfred Lord TennysonDecember 27th 1879 by George MacDonaldHerman Melville. An IntroductionJohn Marr & Other Sailors by Herman MelvilleFather Mapples Hymn (from Moby Dick) by Herman MelvilleGettysburg by Herman MelvilleThe Berg, A Dream by Herman MelvilleDupont’s Round Fight, November 1851 by Herman MelvilleAurora Borealis by Herman MelvilleShelley’s Vision by Herman MelvilleThe March into Virginia by Herman MelvilleWestminster Memorials – An IntroductionFirst Love by John ClareTo an Infant by Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe Village by Oliver GoldsmithHis Meditation Upon Death by Robert HerrickVirtue by George HerbertWhen I Have Fears by John KeatsWilliam Shakespeare – A Tribute in VerseOn Shakespeare by John MiltonShakespeare by Henry Wadsworth LongfellowThe Spirit of Shakespeare by George MeredithShakespeare by Matthew Arnold

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The Poetry Hour - Volume 16 Audiobook

The Poetry Hour - Volume 16

Author: Edith Nesbit, John Clare, John Milton Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Richard Mitchley Release Date: January 2020

Poetry is often cited as our greatest use of words. The English language has well over a million of them and poets down the ages seem, at times, to make use of every single one. But often they use them in simple ways to describe anything and everything from landscapes to all aspects of the human condition. Poems can evoke within us an individual response that takes us by surprise; that opens our ears and eyes to very personal feelings.Forget the idea of classic poetry being somehow dull and boring and best kept to children’s textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. Where to start? How to do that? Poetry can be difficult. We’ve put together some very eclectic Poetry Hours, with a broad range of poets and themes, to entice you and seduce you with all manner of temptations. In this hour we introduce poets of the quality and breadth of John Milton as well as themes on The Female Poet, February, Graveyard Poets and more.All of them are from Portable Poetry, a dedicated poetry publisher. We believe that poetry should be a part of our everyday lives, uplifting the soul & reaching the parts that other arts can’t. Our range of audiobooks and ebooks cover volumes on some of our greatest poets to anthologies of seasons, months, places and a wide range of themes. Portable Poetry can found at iTunes, Audible, the digital music section on Amazon and most other digital stores. This audio book is also duplicated in print as an ebook. Same title. Same words. Perhaps a different experience. But with Amazon’s whispersync you can pick up and put down on any device – start on audio, continue in print and any which way after that. Portable poetry – Let us join you for the journey.The Poetry Hour – Volume 16John Milton. An IntroductionParadise Regained. An Extract from the First Book by John MiltonSonnet XIX by John MiltonThe Passion by John MiltonThe Graveyard Poets – An IntroductionA Night Piece On Death by Thomas ParnellInvocation to Horror by Hannah CowleyOde XIV – To Solitude by Joseph Warton FebruaryLines On Observing A Blossom on the First of February 1796 by Samuel Taylor ColeridgeHymn Written Sunday February 11th, 1798 by Robert AndersonA Valentines Song by Robert Louis StevensonThe Kiss by Dante Gabriel RossettiWinter’s Naked Wood by Daniel SheehanHow Like A Winter Hath My Absence Been. Sonnet 97 by William ShakespeareFebruary by Louisa Sarah BevingtonThe Poetry of John Clare - An IntroductionThe Peasant Poet by John ClareThe Vanities of Life by John ClareA World For Love by John ClareThe Female Poet – An Introduction. Volume 4Very Early Spring by Katherine Mansfield Sea Love by Charlotte Mary Mew Summer in England, 1914 by Alice Meynell Sonnet by Alice Dunbar Nelson Against Love by Katherine Phillips Hop Picking by Edith Nesbit Life by Mary Darby Robinson After Death by Fanny Parnell

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The Poetry of John Milton Audiobook

The Poetry of John Milton

Author: John Milton Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Richard Mitchley Release Date: August 2018

John Milton was born in Bread Street, London, on December 9th, 1608. His early years were privately tutored before gaining a place at St Paul's School and in 1625 he matriculated at Christ's College, Cambridge, earning a BA in 1629 and an MA in 1632. At Cambridge he had developed a reputation for poetic skill but also experienced alienation from his peers and university life as a whole. The next 6 years were spent in private study. He read both ancient and modern works of theology, philosophy, history, politics, literature and science, in preparation for a poetical career. Milton mastered Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, Spanish, and Italian. To these he would add Old English (whilst researching his History of Britain) and also acquired more than a passing acquaintance in Dutch. Although he was studying, some of his poetry from this time is remarkable; L'Allegro and Il Penseroso in 1631 and Lycidias in 1638.In May 1638, Milton embarked upon a 15 month tour of France and Italy. These travels added a new and direct experience of artistic and religious traditions, especially Roman Catholicism. He cut the journey short to return home during the summer of 1639 because of what he claimed were "sad tidings of civil war in England." Once home, Milton wrote prose tracts against episcopacy, in the service of the Puritan and Parliamentary cause. He married 16-year-old Mary Powell in June 1643 but she left him after only a few months during which he wrote and published several writings on divorce. Mary did return after 3 years and their life thereafter seemed harmonious. Milton received a hostile response to the divorce tracts and drove him to write Areopagitica, his celebrated attack on pre-printing censorship. With the parliamentary victory in the Civil War, Milton wrote The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649) which defended popular government and implicitly sanctioned the regicide which led to his appointment as Secretary for Foreign Tongues by the Council of State. On 24 February 1652 Milton published his Latin defense of the English People, Defensio Pro Populo Anglicano, also known as the First Defense. Milton's Latin prose and intellectual sweep, quickly gained him a European reputation. Tragically his first wife, Mary, died on May 5th, 1652 following the birth of their fourth child. The following year Milton had become totally blind, probably due to glaucoma. He then had to dictate his verse and prose to helpers, one of whom was the poet Andrew Marvell.He married again to Katherine Woodcock but she died in February 1658, less than four months after giving birth to a daughter, who also tragically died. Though Cromwell's death in 1658 caused the English Republic to collapse Milton stubbornly clung to his beliefs and in 1659 he published A Treatise of Civil Power, attacking the concept of a state-dominated church. Upon the Restoration in May 1660, Milton went into hiding for his life. An arrest warrant was issued and his writings burnt. He re-emerged after a general pardon was issued, but was nevertheless arrested and briefly imprisoned before influential friends, such as Marvell, now an MP, intervenedHis third marriage was to Elizabeth Mynshull. Despite a 31-year age gap, the marriage seemed happy and Milton spent the remaining decade of his life living quietly in London, apart from a short spell in Chalfont St. Giles, during the Great Plague of London. Milton was to now publish his greatest works, which had been gestating for many years. Paradise Lost, perhaps the classic English Epic poem was originally published in 10 books in 1667. This was followed by Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes in 1671. Because of his anti-monarchy views their reception was muted but over the centuries since Milton has established himself as second only to Shakespeare. He died of kidney failure on November 8th, 1674 and was buried in the church of St Giles Cripplegate. 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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Paradise Lost: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation Audiobook

Paradise Lost: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation

Sir Ian McKellen stars as Milton in this dramatised retelling of John Milton’s epic poem about the fall of Man "devilishly good... I urge you to give it a listen" The Telegraph Milton’s biblical masterpiece, first published in 1667, is one of English literature’s most seminal works. Straddling three worlds – Heaven, Hell and Earth – it tells the gripping story of fallen angel Satan’s rebellion against God, his temptation of Adam and Eve and their subsequent expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Written to ‘justify the ways of God to men’, it aimed to show what caused Mankind's fall and the consequences for the world, both bad and good. By reaching back to the beginning of time, Milton hoped to discover the events that had led to the political and societal upheaval of his own era – as well as using allegory to ask powerful questions about authority, government, tyranny and disobedience. In this brand new dramatisation, Milton himself (Sir Ian McKellen) is the blind narrator grieving the loss of his wife, played by Frances Barber. Also starring Simon Russell Beale as Satan, and adapted by award-winning poet and broadcaster Michael Symmons Roberts, this enthralling drama is a vital piece of storytelling with striking parallels to contemporary events.

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Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained: Two BBC Radio 4 dramatisations Audiobook

Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained: Two BBC Radio 4 dramatisations

Author: John Milton Narrator: , Denis Quilley, Ian Mcdiarmid, Robert Glenister Release Date: January 2018

The highly-acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Milton's epic poem telling the story of the fall of man, and also its sequel, "Paradise Regained". Out of chaos shall come order and out of darkness shall come light. Paradise is lost - and then regained. John Milton's epic, biblically inspired poems are wonderfully dramatised for BBC Radio starring Denis Quilley as Milton, Ian McDiarmid as Satan and Robert Glenister as Christ, enhanced by specially composed music. First published in 1667, Paradise Lost describes Satan's plot to ruin God's new and most favoured creation, Mankind, and recounts the temptation of Adam and Eve and their banishment from the Garden of Eden. Paradise Regained, published in 1671, tells of the temptation of Christ by Satan as he wanders in the wilderness for forty days and nights. Full cast: Milton: Denis Quilley Satan: Ian McDiarmid Christ: Robert Glenister Raphael: John Rowe God: Godfrey Kenton Adam: Linus Roache Michael: Mark Straker Abdiel/Andrew: Julian Rhind-Tutt Nisroc: John Church Simon/Angel: Matthew Morgan Belial: Steve Hodson Angel: David Thorpe

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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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