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W.H. Auden: The Spoken Word [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

W.H. Auden
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14 May 2007 The spoken Word
The two discs feature Auden in live and studio readings of his own poetry taken from rare BBC radio broadcasts. Over 40 poems are included, from early works such as 'On this Island' and 'A Bride in the 30's' to mature masterpieces like 'The Shield of Achilles' and 'In Praise of Limestone'. These broadcasts span the period from 1936 to 1973- the year of Auden's death- and are an essential purchase for anybody interested in study or enjoyments of one of the greatest poets of the modern era. Includes an introductory booklet. Track listing DISC ONE 1. On this Island 2. May or In Spring 3. A Bride in the 30's 4. Song of the Beggars from Twelve Songs 5. Journey to Iceland 6. No Change of Place 7. As I Walked Out One Evening or One Evening 8. As He Is 9. Reflections in a Forest 10. There Will Be No Peace 11. Radio announcement 12. The Shield of Achilles 13. A Change of Air 14. Friday s Child 15. After Reading a Child s Guide to Modern Physics 16. Fleet Visit 17. Josef Weinheber (1892 1945) 18. A New Year Greeting 19. Song of the Ogres (No.1 of Two Songs) 20. Song of the Devil (No.2 of Two Songs) 21. River Profile 22. In Praise of Limestone 23. Amor Loci 24. Hammerfest 25. Old People's Home 26. Circe 27. Moon Landing 28. Selected clerihews from Academic Graffiti DISC TWO 1. The Art of Healing 2. Lines to Dr. Walter Birk on his Retiring from General Practice 3. Talking to Myself 4. Radio announcement 5. Legend 6. Autumn Song 7. Domesday Song 8. The Fall of Rome 9. When rites and melodies begin ... (No.4 of Five Songs) 10. A Walk After Dark 11. Epithalamium 12. Eulogy 13. The Cave of Making 14. Doggerel by a Senior Citizen 15. Thank you, fog 16. A Curse 17. Radio announcement 18. Loneliness 19. Nocturne 20. The Aliens 21. Ode to the Diancephalon 22. Lullaby

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: British Library Publishing; 2nd edition (14 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712305351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712305358
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.3 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all who enjoy Auden's poetry 15 Jun 2010
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An excellent selection of poems that will leave you wanting his complete works. The sound quality is remarkably clear, as though the poems were recorded just days ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Auden: Coward or Hero? 19 Jun 2013
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WH Auden had his demons but he fought them in the only way he knew how. To read his plain words is to see a genius at work...every line honed to that sharp crease where you just hoped that once he would drop his near perfection. I always get my class to listen to the voice of the poet if at all possible. The voice conveys so many hidden depths to any artist. And Auden is no exception. His voice is rich and beautiful but with signs of the smoking related complaint that would kill him before time. We have got used to his craggy exterior so typical of a heavy smoker but to be confronted with the dying man is something not easy to ignore. And yet there is the vulnerability that men fell in love with. His delivery is humble and lacks any swagger of the near perfection of the technical make-up of his lines. Here is a man putting his best work out for you to make the judgement; not boastful but submissive. He was an acclaimed genius in his own days but that is not conveyed in his confident manner of delivering some of the greatest lines ever written in the English tongue. It was a privilege to hear these priceless recordings.

Hear the difference between the young Auden almost swallowing his words in his impetuous haste to get it out: then hear the measured and stately way in which he learns in later life. Here was a man who learned the way to communicate not only in written word but also in the recitation.

Well worth every penny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Auden's Poetry 15 Mar 2013
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This is a very good, but Auden's poetry is not always easy, especially when read by the poet himself. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humane and Humble 26 Nov 2011
By Franz Metcalf - Published on Amazon.com
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There is always the question of whether a poet is really best served by his own readings of his poetry. In this case, I believe the answer is "yes." Auden here stands forward (you can almost see him there at the various podiums) as a modest interpreter of his work, someone who wants you to hear the voice of the poems, not of the poet. And, to me at any rate, the voice of those poems is the broadest and most moving of the 20th century.

But you needn't believe Auden's poetry is "the greatest" to enjoy these CDs, merely that it is great and that his gentle and humane vision of our selves and situation is worth hearing. It is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best words read by the best voice! 2 Mar 2011
By Zorro Isherwoodsky - Published on Amazon.com
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Auden has a voice of the genius! Great CDs! Late poems are marvelous. On the flip side: the poems on CD2 are read by an aging Auden, a little too slow, perhaps. Still the words are great and can be found in Auden's Selected (1979). One of the most beautiful voices in English language by probably the greatest poet after Shakespeare!
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading with and against Auden 30 April 2013
By Mark F. Isham - Published on Amazon.com
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Hearing a poet read always gives insight to the poetry and the poet. Auden reads very well--but, he also highlights a problem I have with his poetry. He does have a rhetoric that makes his poems sound similar. In compensation, he brings out the music in his work. I think the recording is worth having. He and I read the poems differently--and that brings out their richness.
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