The Best Poems of All Time Part 2
Warner, 2001 (2001)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
hough I enjoyed Part 1 of this audio collection ('
Classics to 1850
') I was even more anxious to listen to Part 2 which continues from the 1850s to the present. About a dozen readers give a nice variety in style of interpretation of almost fifty verses by renowned poets.
here are quite a few lines in this second cassette to stir the blood.
Paul Revere's Ride
is thrilling and
The Cremation of Sam McGee
made me smile, and listening to
, though that's one I know very well, made me sad. Often, while listening to this wonderful collection, familiar phrases caught my attention, and I was fascinated to identify their source, well known phrases like '
a darkling plain
', or '
Do I dare disturb the universe?
was also glad to encounter poems new to me, like Tagore's
, and Maya Angelou's inspiring and indomitable
Still I Rise
. If you love poetry and have usually read it as squiggles on pages, then try listening to this inspiring collection; you'll find it an entirely new experience.
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