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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!
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on 10 December 1998
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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on 18 June 2011
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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on 26 November 2013
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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on 25 April 2014
This book is superb and far surpasses my expectations. It was also speedily dispatched and will be an excellent present for my daughter in law. Thank you.
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on 26 June 2014
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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on 23 April 2015
Unlike what it says on the tin (the description on Amazon), this isn't all Emily Dickinson poetry. Many of the poems seem to be contained in a few other collections, but then, they are classics . . .
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on 13 April 2016
Missing contents page as I wouldn't know how many poems are included or how to look up the one I would love to read again.
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on 8 August 2015
a beautiful and intellectually challenging small and convenient book
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on 17 September 2015
Lovely to listen to.
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