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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (21 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007201125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007201129
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“if there is one area of literature that is ideally suited to the talking book format it is poetry. Gifted readers tease out sense and meaning… and reveal rhythm, metre and nuance… The effect is electrifying: Burton’s deep powerful Welsh voice pumps hot blood through the veins of the intellectual poet and renders passionately human the sometimes convoluted imagery… Through ingeniously sustained imagery, his rigorously high ideals of love blaze with a directness and occasional physicality that, as delivered here by Burton, make one catch one’s breath.”
Sunday Times 15/2/98

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Turning his back on the ascetic medieval and the ideal Renaissance concepts, Donne described a real and experienced love, a love the pinnacle of which is the joyous union of body and soul.

The poems in this collection display his precocious virtuosity, bending both meaning and sound to the service of the Metaphysical conceit.

SIDE ONE

• The Good Morrow
• Song: Go and catch a falling star
• The Rising Sun
• The Canonisation
• The Triple Fool
• Song: Sweetest love I do not go
• The Legacie
• A Feaver
• The Anniversary
• The Flea
• The Curse

SIDE TWO

• A Nocturnall
• The Apparition
• A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
• The Extasie
• The Funerall
• The Relique
• Elegy1: Jealosie
• Elegy VIII: The Comparision
• Elegy VII: Natures lay Ideot

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Katinka Broersen on 30 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
To quote John Donne: "I'd rather owner be of thee one hour, than all else ever" -- Burton doesn't give us quite an hour, but 37 minutes of the great Welsh actor reading John Donne is not a bad alternative. Burton doesn't just read the poems, he virtually acts them out. His voice is biting on the bitter rant of 'The Curse', alternates between contemptuous and tender on 'The Comparison' and adapts itself to the mood of each poem.

If you love John Donne's poetry, this is a must-have: Burton illuminates the words with the richness of his voice, his obvious understanding of and feel for what he is reading. If you have never come across the poet, this is a fine introduction.

Great poetry read by one of the greatest voices ever recorded --do yourself a favour and buy this!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
If - like me! - English is not your mother tongue, the works of John Donne can be difficult. It is old English and there's no escape from that but you'll never regret the effort to understand it. Donne has written some of the most beautiful lines in the English language, musical and full of images. I don't usually buy cassettes but I've discovered with this edition how that can be a mistake! Richard Burton reads these poems as if they were written by himself, opening new meanings and easing the gap between XVII century English and ourselves. I strongly recommend it! (And if English is your mother tongue you're half the way already - you'll love Donne!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lois on 18 Jun 2011
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How could one fail but appreciate the richness of Burton's voice ? The beloved Welshman reads beautifully and brings a level of interpretation to Donne's poetry which eludes most mortals !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lesleywilliams on 26 Nov 2013
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because the great voice of Richard Burton gave real sensitivity to the poems. Excellent. It is a real booster.super listening
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By halo woman on 26 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD
RICHARD BURTONS VOICE SUITS THE INTENSE AND LOVELY WORDS WRITTEN BY JOHN DONNE ALL THOSE YEARS AGO AND WHICH ENTHRALL ME
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