This is a reawakened love for the sound of poetry has made modern poems subtly different from the poems of the eighteenth and nineteenth centures. We have only to listen to these poets reading their own works to know how important their interpretations are to a full comprehension of their poems. The ministerial intonations of Eliot, the passionate orchestrations of Thomas, the very very precise formulations of Cummings, the easy conversational inflection of Frost are integral, lending subtle clarifications which go beyond the printed page. The fact that this recording includes the voice of Yeats is something of a miracle. In the early 1930's, when the thought of recording poets occurred to few, Yeats himself made several recordings for radio broadcast. By sheer luck, an unmutilated copy was preserved; and now the rich and melodious voice can be heard by a new generation. The "Caedmon Poetry Collection" eliminates the struggle for perfect communication between author and reader. Just listen and you'll understand...Contents: CD 1: William Butler Yeats, "The Song of the Old Mother", "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", W.H. Auden, "In Memory of W.B.
Yeats", Dylan Thomas, "A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child In London", Fern Hill, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night", Galway Kinnell, "The Dead Shall Be Raised Incorruptible", Edith Sitwell, "Still Falls the Rain", Murial Rukeyser, "The Speed of Darkness", May Swenson, "The DNA Molecule", Robert Graves, "Poem to My Son", Randall Jarrell, "Eighth Air Force", Philip Levine, "To My God in His Sickness", Archibald MacLeish, "Epistle to Be Left in the Earth", W.S. Merwin, "The Last One", Anne Sexton, Divorce, "Thy Name is Woman Little Girl, My String Bean, My Lovely Woman", Carl Sandburg, "The Windy City, Fog". CD 2: William Carlos Williams, "The Seafarer", E.E. Cummings, darling! because my blood can sing, if everything that happens can't be done, Joseph Brodsky, "Nature Morte", Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken", 'After Apple Picking", Derek Walcott, "Omeros", Book 1, Chapter1, Marianne Moorel "What Are Years", Stephen Spendor, "Seascape", Robert Lowell, "Skunk Hour", Conrad Aiken, "Tetelestai", Gertrude Stein, "If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso", Richard Wilbur, "Love Calls Us to the Things of This World", Sylvia Plath, "The Thin People", Robert Penn Warren, "Sirocco", "American Portrait: Old Style".
CD 3: Pablo Neruda, "Arte Poetical", May Sarton, "Old Lovers at the Ballet", Richard Eberhart, "The Groundhog", Stephen Vincent Benet, "Litany for Dictatorships", James Agee, "White Mane", Ezra Pound, "Moeurs Contemporaines", Wallce Stevens, "The Idea Of Order At Key West", Margarett Atwood, "The Animals in That Country", T.S. Eliot, "The Wasteland".