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What did you like best about Complete Poetry? What did you like least?
I like the narratoin of the poetry (very British) but there is no way to find indivdual poetry. The sonnes are grouped in chapters with 30 sonnets per chapter. If yo uwant to sit around and listen to the sonnets read in order this is OK but if you want to hear an individual sonnet you are stuck. Very frustrating.
Would you be willing to try another book from William Shakespeare? Why or why not?
Form William Shakespeare, yes. From the company that produced this audio version, no, because they apear unwilling to ake the extra effort to make their books truly accessible and useful.
Which character – as performed by Charlton Griffin – was your favorite?
n/a I would call his reading classic rather than intimate, which is too bad.
Did Complete Poetry inspire you to do anything?
Find another audio version o fthe sonnes that is actaully useful for immersing oneself in an indivdual sonnet.
Any additional comments?
I really wish there were a combined kindle book / audible whispersync version of the sonnets. I guess there's not enough money in it becuase they are public domain.
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What did you like best about this story?
It's a privilege to get an overview of this important poetry with so very little effort – and of course Shakespeare's poetry (alongside his plays) is a must for any culture vulture
What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?
Griffin recites with complete fluency – often the sonnets are meditated at such languishing length that the narrative suffers. This rather straightforward recital of sonnet after sonnet allows the themes of love, ageing (time/beauty) and morality to emerge.
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If thou survive my well-contented day,
When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover,
And shalt by fortune once more re-survey
These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover,
Compare them with the bettering of the time,
And though they be outstripp'd by every pen,
Reserve them for my love, not for their rhyme,
Exceeded by the height of happier men.
O, then vouchsafe me but this loving thought:
'Had my friend's Muse grown with this growing age,
A dearer birth than this his love had brought,
To march in ranks of better equipage:
But since he died, and poets better prove,
Theirs for their style I'll read, his for his love.'
- William Shakespeare, 1590-ish (disputed)
There once was a young man called Will,
Who couldn't be happy until,
He'd written a sonnet,
And spent hours upon it,
Only then could he kick back and chill...
- Me, yesterday (undisputed, alas)
OK, well I'm not actually going to try to review the whole of Shakespeare's poetic output, obviously. I'm not nearly qualified enough to do so. Instead, I'll just say that the bard is one of my favourite poets. His work has resonated with me since I first studied it at school and I've returned to it time and again over the years. Actually, the fact that I know it so well enables me to just kick back and read it for pure, unadulterated pleasure, without the slightest taint of academia clawing away at my mind. Bliss.