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  • William Wordsworth

    BBC Radio 4 presents William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem ‘The Prelude’, read by Sir Ian McKellen, directed by Susan Roberts and features specially composed music by John Harle.‘The Prelude’ is arguably the most important piece of poetic writing in our language. Accessible, full of emotion and gripping, the poem is recorded in Wordsworth's home in Grasmere, Cumbria and looks back over events in his early life in Grasmere, Cambridge, France, London and the Alps.Wordsworth believed that poetry should be written in the natural language of common speech, and in that way it was revolutionary in its time.Last broadcast on 14 and 15 May 2011, with music performed by John Harle on...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    A selection of poems from Wordsworth and Coleridge's 1798 collaboration, which marked the beginning of the English Romantic poetry movement. In Episode One, we hear Coleridge's 'Lewti' and Wordsworth's 'The Thorn', while in Episode Two the verses showcased are Coleridge's 'The Nightingale' and Wordsworth's 'Lucy' poems. In the final episode, we hear Wordsworth's 'Lines Written A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey' and Coleridge's pseudo-medieval ballad, 'Love'. The readers are Julius D'Silva, Mark Meadows and Peter Gruffyd. Adapted and produced by Emma...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth was born on the 7th of April, 1770 and is rightly regarded as a major English poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature. His words have been proffered by many a tongue around the world. They stir, they inspire they create lyrical pictures and feelings as few others can. Wordsworth's was also Britain's Poet Laureate from his appointment by Queen Victoria in 1843 until his death in on the 23rd of April 1850. This volume brings together some of his finest verse and among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela...read more

  • William Shakespeare

    English Poetry, Volume 1 - An Introduction. The English language has grown into the Worlds pre-dominant spoken language. It's estimated there are over one million words with which to do this. It's sources are rich and diverse, absorbing from other cultures and times without hesitation. It surely follows that when we add the talents of Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley, Kipling and Blake to a myriad of others that its beauty and reach entrance us with their thoughts and visions. In two volumes these remarkable poems present a wonderful companion through the long heritage of the English Language and its poets. The poems in volume 1 are; English Poetry - An Introduction; The Passionate...read more

  • William Butler Yeats

    September - The ninth month of the year in our Gregorian calendar and with it arrives the Autumn equinox and the first glimpses of the new season. There is much for out Poets including Browning, Kingsley, Yeats, Lanier and Lindsay to say and write about. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe. The tracks are; September - An Introduction; September 1st 1802 By William Wordsworth; In September By Amy Levy; Sonnet XXL, Sacred To The Memory Of Edward Spedding Who Died September 3rd 1832 By Henry Alford; September 1918 By Amy Lowell; In September By Thomas MacDonagh; Lines Written On The 6th September By Thomas Gent; September 1815 By William Wordsworth; An Indian Summer Day...read more

  • Henry Alford

    August - The eighth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and the full palette of nature is on glorious display. Our poets, Wordsworth, Swinburne, Alford, Riley and Hardy describe and reveal their thoughts on the month and notable dates within it. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe. August - An Introduction; Hymn For The First Of August By John Pierpoint; Stanzas For The First Of August By James Monroe Whitfield; Sonnet XLII To GWC August 1st 1846 By Christopher Pearse Cranch; To Ms Jane Forster, On Her Birthday, August 4th 1724 By Henry Baker; August 1865 By Carolyn Clive; August 1914 By Isaac Rosenberg; Composed Near Calais, August 7th 1802 By William...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth was amongst the greatest of English Poets and this wonderful recording is now available for the first time as a digital download. William Wordsworth was amongst the greatest of English Poets. Included here are selections that put into perspective his great talent. The works are brought beautifully to life by Sir Cedric...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    The Great Poets series launched in 2007 has proved 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 the leading ?Lake Poet?, with poems that many can still recite, will undoubtedly become a best-seller. The collection includes I wondered lonely as a cloud, I travelled among unknown men, My heart leaps up and Tintern...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems is a collection of poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, first published in 1798 and generally considered to have marked the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature. The immediate effect on critics was modest, but it became and remains a landmark, changing the course of English literature and poetry. Most of the poems in the 1798 edition were written by Wordsworth, with Coleridge contributing only four poems to the collection, including one of his most famous works, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. (Additionally, though only the two writers are credited for the works, William's sister Dorothy Wordsworth's diary...read more

  • John Milton

    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...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth (1770–1850) is one of the most popular and enduring of the English poets. His poetry is beloved for its deep feeling, its use of ordinary speech, and its celebration of nature and of the beauty and poetry in the commonplace. Together with his friend, the poet and political activist Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth helped launch the romantic age in English literature. These poems demonstrate the astonishing range and beauty of Wordsworth’s work and his sustained, coherent...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth was amongst the greatest of English Poets. Included here are selections that put into perspective his great talent. The works are brought beautifully to life by Sir Cedric...read more

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    October - The tenth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and the land prepares to give up more it its colourful coverings. On this and other themes our poets including Wordsworth, Rossetti, Arnold, Bryant and Alford have much to say. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe. The tracks are; October - An Introduction; Song Of The Democratic Review Of It's Birthday, October 1st 1857 By William Ross Wallace; An Ode, Written October 1819 Before The Spaniards Had Recovered Their Liberty By Shelley; Anticipation, October 1803 By William Wordsworth; Embarcation (Southampton Docks, October 1899) By Thomas Hardy; Give Me October's Meditative Haze By Alfred Austin; Hymn For...read more

  • Herman Melville

    November - The eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian calendar; the land becomes bleaker, harsher but no less beautiful for that. For our poets, including Hood, Arnold, Melville, Alford and Hardy there is much to write and comment on. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe. The tracks are; November - An Introduction; A November Note By Alfred Austin; The Going Of The Battery (Wives Lament November 2nd 1899) By Thomas Hardy; November Findings, November 1862 By Janet Hamilton; Duponts Round Fight (November 1861) By Herman Melville; November By John Keble; In November By Archibald Lampman; In November (2) By Archibald Lampman; November Days In Ireland By Alice Guerin...read more

  • John Keats

    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 Romantic period, read by some of the 20th century’s most renowned actors. Love, romance, and portrayals of nature are played out in these timeless readings of poetry written during the Romantic period. Performed by Richard Burton; Peter Orr; William Squire; Richard Marquand; Peggy Ashcroft;...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    LibriVox volunteers bring you 16 recordings of Old Man Travelling; Animal Tranquillity and Decay, a Sketch by William Wordsworth. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for October 2, 2011. In 1842 the government awarded Wordsworth a civil list pension amounting to £300 a year. With the death in 1843 of Robert Southey, Wordsworth became the Poet Laureate. He initially refused the honour, saying he was too old, but accepted when Prime Minister Robert Peel assured him "you shall have nothing required of you" (he became the only laureate to write no official poetry). When his daughter, Dora, died in 1847, his production of poetry came to a standstill. (Summary from...read more

  • John Keats

    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 Romantic period, the battlefield, and the Victorian era, read by some of the 20th century’s most renowned actors. Themes of war, love, nature, sexuality, and much more are played out in these timeless readings of poetry from the 19th and 20th century. Performed by Sir John Gielgud; Richard...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    The office of Poet Laureate is a high honour amongst poets. The Ancient Greeks had the first idea and their heroes and Poets wore wreaths of Laurel in honour of the god Apollo. Many countries now have a Laureate as do many societies and organisations. But perhaps ranked first among them all is that of our own Poet Laureate. Unfortunately no single authentic definitive record exists of the office of Poet Laureate of England. In some form it can be traced back to 1189 and Richard Canonicus who was employed by Richard I with the title "versificator Regis". It is said that Geoffrey Chaucer was called Poet Laureate, being granted in 1389 an annual allowance of wine. After that there were a...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    The Romantics - Volume 2 - An Introduction. Romanticism was a new movement in philosophy and the arts that began in the late 18th century when major political events shook the world such as the French Revolution and American Independence. It marked a distinct contrast to the prevailing Enlightenment ideals and in poetry represented a more personal intuitive, emotional and meditative expression with a back to nature imperative. It subsequently altered the way in which we perceive poetry and beyond as well as defining our own modern sensibilities to the arts. The Romantic poets who were central to this movement are traditionally characterised as the Big Six, namely Blake, Wordsworth,...read more

  • William Wordsworth

    Strictly speaking The Lake Poets were not a movement or school of poetry they were only so named as such by The Edinburgh Review so that they could be disparaged.It was a spectacular backfire!The three main figures would be rightly seen as among the most monumental figures in English poetry - William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the under rated but immense Robert Southey, himself a thirty year poet laureate.The profound majesty of the Lake District, an area of almost unequalled beauty, of mythical landscapes and beguiling charm influenced and acted as muse to their burgeoning talents.Their creations have ennobled this poetry as an art form that is intense, lyrical, moving and...read more