The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 1

  • by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcolm, Eric Stoltz
  • 1 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This perfect poetry companion brings the words of the world's favorite poets to life. Hearing poetry spoken - as it was originally intended to be heard - adds dramatically to your understanding and appreciation of the form. Be moved, amused, and awed by these expert interpretations of even the most familiar poems.Revisit classics through the 1850s such as:
"Sonnet 18 (Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day)" by William Shakespeare
"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
"Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor ColeridgeOther poets included in this collection are: Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Omar Khayyam, Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Robert Herrick, John Milton, Anne Bradstreet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alexander Pope, John Keats, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Blake, Robert Burns, John Greenleaf Whittier, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Wordsworth, Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alfred Tennyson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Emily Bronte, and Robert Browning.

This is Volume 1 of The Best Poems of All Time. Don't miss Volume 2.

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What the Critics Say

"...a crackerjack, very accessible compilation...This collection works because of the varied readers and the decision to choose classic material." - (Deirdre Donahue, USA Today)

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Okay but

This is a series of poems being read with no introduction. That probably works for some, but for me, I prefer "Classic Fifty Poems," that introduces each poem with a little information about the poet and the time in which he or she lived.
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- Alice

Lines of rhymes - from ancient times

This volume covers the period from ancient times to the 1850's. The choice of poems is excellent although it's inevitable that most listeners will miss a few of their own favorites that didn't make the cut. To counter this, many listeners who have not read too much poetry in recent years will be pleasantly surprise when a favorite but vaguely-remembered stanza or turn of phrase pops up unexpectedly. I notice that some other reviewers would have preferred a short introduction to each poem - the problem with this is that, while the introduction is useful the first time you listen, it is an annoyance thereafter. I thus far prefer this audiobook's approach of climbing in immediately. The various readers were all excellent, although I would have preferred two or three more British readers, to vary the accents. Audio quality (at level 4) is excellent.
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- Marius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-20-2001
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio