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John Donne, Andrew Marvell, George Herbert, Thomas Carew, and Henry Vaughan: these were some of the 17th-century writers who devised a new form of poetry full of wit, intellect and grace, which we now call Metaphysical poetry. They wrote about their deepest religious feelings and their carnal pleasures in a way that was radically new and challenging to their readers. Their work was largely misunderstood or ignored for two centuries, until 20th-century critics rediscovered it, finding in it a deep originality and a willingness to experiment that made much conventional poetry look merely decorative. This collection provides the perfect introduction to this diverse group of fascinating poets.
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*** Great Poetry Readings - Highly recommended ***
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, if you are interested in listening to well performed poetry and even if you don't usually listen to poetry, try it, you will find listening to them a joy.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favourite poem was Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress - perfect performance by Nicholas Boulton. In fact loved all of Nicholas Boulton's reading, his was the highlights of the book, though the others were also very good, with Jonathan Keeble a close second.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I found my enjoyment and understanding greatly increased by these great readings.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, it's only over an hour long so I did listen to it in one go - and have listened to it several times already
Any additional comments?
Worth a credit if you love poetry - in future I shall buy more poetry to listen to. With the right narration, such as this collection, poetry is a dream to listen to.
4 persone l'hanno trovata utile
- John Mark
Good choice of poems stunningly read
Very good variety of poems chosen. The readings by the actors are simply stunning. Metaphysical poetry isn't the easiest to access for the ordinary punter but these readings leave you thinking that you've just heard some of the best