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"Of thee one hour"
on 30 August 2006
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!