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81 Famous Poems (audio cd)


The readings, by brilliant classic actors Alexander Scourby, Nancy Wickwire, and Bramwell Fletcher, are presented in the order they appear in The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Third Edition, and are selected for their ability to delight. The poetry is also among the most anthologized verse in the English language. Included are such best loved works as Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?," John Donne's "Go and Catch a Falling Star," Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time," Robert Burns' "A Red, Red Rose," John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn," Walt Whitman's "Oh Captain, My Captain," and William Butler Yeats' "The Wild Swans at Coole" - a total of 81 major poems from 39 poets. It is simply a collection of the best.


An anthology of classic poetry from 39 British and American poets.

Anonymous Early Song: The Cuckoo Song
Sir Thomas Wyatt: Whoso List to Hunt
Sir Walter Raleigh: The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd, The Passionate Man’s Pilgrimage
Sir Philip Sidney: Sonnet 1 from Astrophel and Stella
Christopher Marlowe: The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
William Shakespeare: Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?, Sonnet 29 - When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, Sonnet 116 - Let me not to the marriage of true minds, Sonnet 129 - Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Thomas Campion: When to Her Lute Corina Sings, Rose-cheeked Laura, There is a Garden in Her Face
John Dunne: Song - Go and catch a falling star, The Sun Rising, Sonnet 10 from Holy Sonnets - Death, be not proud
Ben Johnson: Song: To Celia
Robert Herrick: The Argument of His Book, Delight in Disorder, To the Virgins to Make Much of Time, Upon Julia’s Clothes
George Herbert: The Collar, The Pulley, Love (III)
John Milton: When I Consider How My Light Is Spent (a.k.a. On His Blindness
John Suckling: Song - Why so pale and wan, fond lover?, Out upon It! (aka The Constant Lover
Richard Lovelace: To Althea, from Prison
Andrew Marvell: To His Coy Mistress, The Definition of Love
Henry Vaughan: The Retreat
John Dryden: A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day
Thomas Gray: Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
William Blake: from Poetical Sketches, Song, from Songs of Innocence, Introduction, The Lamb, from Songs of Experience, The Tyger
Robert Burns: To Mouse, A Red, Red Rose
William Wordsworth: She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways, My Heart Leaps Up, The World Is Too Much With Us
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Kubla Khan
George Gordon, Lord Byron: She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, Adonais (stanzas 1, 39, 54, and 55)
John Keats: On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Bright Star
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Concord Hymn, The Rhodora
Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Sonnets from the Portuguese: 1, 43
Edgar Allan Poe: To Helen, The City in the Sea, Annabel Lee
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Songs from The Princess, The Splendor Falls, Tears, Idle Tears, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The Eagle, Crossing the Bar
Robert Browning: My Last Duchess, Home-Thoughts from Abroad
Walt Whitman: Song of Myself (parts 1, 6, 21 and 31), O Captain! My Captain!
Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach
Emily Dickinson: 303 - The Soul selects her own Society, 986 - A narrow Fellow in the Grass
Christina Rossetti: Up-Hill
Algernon Charles Swinburne: The Garden of Proserpine
Thomas Hardy: The Darkling Thrush
Gerard Manley Hopkins: Pied Beauty
Alfred Edward Housman: Lovliest of Tress, the Cherry Now, With Rue My Heart Is Laden
William Butler Yeats: The Lake Isle of Innisfree, The Wild Swans at Coole

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