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By: Various

Book cover Dreams Collection 1 - Stories and Poems

This is a collection of 20 stories and/or poems, contributed by volunteers, pertaining to dreams.

By: George Willis Cooke (1848-1923)

Book cover Rest

volunteers bring you 14 recordings of Rest by John Sullivan Dwight. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 5, 2020.. ------ John Sullivan Dwight was a Unitarian minister, transcendentalist, and America's first influential classical music critic. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Eva March Tappan (1854-1930)

Book cover World’s Story Volume X: England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales

This is the tenth volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Part X covers the second part of the history of England, from the Stuart Kings till the early 1900s. Also included are excerpts from the history of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as Irish and Welsh legends and Scottish ballads...

By: Thomas Campbell (1777-1844)

Book cover Song—''When Love came first to Earth.''

volunteers bring you 14 recordings of Song—'' When Love came first to Earth.'' by Thomas Campbell. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 12, 2020. ------ Thomas Campbell was a Scottish poet. He was a founder and the first President of the Clarence Club and a co-founder of the Literary Association of the Friends of Poland. He also produced several stirring patriotic war songs—"Ye Mariners of England", "The Soldier's Dream", "Hohenlinden" and in 1801, "The Battle of Mad and Strange Turkish Princes".

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 201

This is a collection of 49 poems read in English by volunteers for February 2020.

Book cover Oxford Poetry 1915

The first of many yearly-published Oxford poetry books. - Summary by Campbell SchelpPoets include: Gerald H. Crow Eric Dickinson Esther Lilian Duff T. W. Earp Godfrey Elton H. R. Freston Russell Green Naomi M. Haldane H. C. Harwood A. L. Huxley Leslie Phillips Jones R. S. Lambert Agnes E. Murray Robert Nichols Elizabeth Rendall L. Rice-Oxley Dorothy H. Rowe Dorothy L. Sayers G. B. Smith Eric Earnshaw Smith Hasan Shahid Suhrawardy E. Graham Sutton J. R. R. Tolkien Sherard Vines H. T. Wade-Gery

By: Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Book cover Roast Beef

volunteers bring you 11 recordings of Roast Beef by Gertrude Stein. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 19, 2020. ------ The last stanza of the prose poem Roastbeef, part of 'Food', taken from Stein's book Tender Buttons , consisting of three sections titled "Objects", "Food", and "Rooms". While the short book consists of multiple poems covering the everyday mundane, Stein's experimental use of language renders the poems unorthodox and their subjects unfamiliar. - Summary by David Lawrence Roastbeef by Gertrude Stein

By: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Book cover Description Of A City Shower

volunteers bring you 7 recordings of A Description Of A City Shower by Jonathan Swift. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 26, 2020. ------ You don't find a weather forecast like this local media. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: A. A. Milne (1882-1956)

Book cover When We Were Very Young (version 2)

This best-selling book of poetry by A. A. Milne was first published in 1924. The poems describe the adventures of Christopher Robin. In it we are introduced to Mr. Edward Bear later known as Winnie-the-Pooh. The poems are timeless and capture the joy and wonder of being a young child. - Summary by AnnaLisa Bodtker

By: John Donne (1572-1631)

Book cover John Donne's Satires

Donne’s Style In John Donne’s day, a satire was such a poem as a satyr might compose. Satyrs were rough, savage creatures in Greek mythology, human to the waist but goat from there down. That is the reason that Donne’s style in these poems exceeds his normal difficulty in syntax, vocabulary, thought, and meter. His age enjoyed untangling such puzzles, and some poets cultivated obscurity as an art, called asprezza. Wordplay like “while bellows pant below” , where the same syllables, stressed differently, produce two different words almost side by side, entertained them...

By: A. A. Milne (1882-1956)

Book cover When We Were Very Young

A.A. Milne wrote many poems to entertain his young son, Christopher Robin Milne, who appears to have been about three when "When We Were Very Young" was published. The book is a collection of 45 poems that celebrate a world and a point of view that a very young person could understand and enjoy. It became a best-seller. Christopher Robin is introduced as a character in some of the poems. We first meet him in the Preface, "Just Before We Begin." In it we learn of a swan which he feeds upon a lake and who he has named "Pooh...

By: Otto Leland Bohanan (1895-1932)

Book cover Dawn’s Awake!

volunteers bring you 14 recordings of The Dawn’s Awake! by Otto Leland Bohanan. This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 9, 2020. ------ Otto Leland Bohanan was born around 1895 In Washington, D.C. He graduated from Howard University and taught English at the Catholic University. He also worked as a music instructor at DeWitt Clinton High School and died in 1932. This poem taken from James Weldon Johnson, ed. . The Book of American Negro Poetry. 1922. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: William Cowper (1731-1800)

Book cover Negro's Complaint

volunteers bring you 8 recordings of The Negro's Complaint by William Cowper. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for February 9, 2020. ------ Cowper, an English poet, wrote a poem called "The Negro's Complaint" which rapidly became very famous, and was often quoted by Martin Luther King Jr. during the 20th century civil rights movement. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: James David Corrothers (1869-1917)

Book cover At the Closed Gate of Justice

volunteers bring you 6 recordings of At the Closed Gate of Justice by James David Corrothers. This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 16, 2020. ------ Continuing with our February Black History Month theme, this Weekly Poem is from The Book of American Negro Poetry by James Weldon Johnson . James David Corrothers was an African-American poet, journalist, and minister whom editor T. Thomas Fortune called "the coming poet of the race." When he died, W. E. B. Du Bois eulogized him as "a serious loss to the race and to literature." - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 202

This is a collection of 51 poems read in English by volunteers for March 2020.

By: Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947)

Book cover End Of The Day

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The End Of The Day by Duncan Campbell Scott. This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 23, 2020. ------ Duncan Campbell Scott CMG FRSC was a Canadian bureaucrat, poet and prose writer. With Charles G.D. Roberts, Bliss Carman, and Archibald Lampman, he is classed as one of Canada's Confederation Poets. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Dreams Collection 2 - Stories and Poems

This is a collection of 20 stories and/or poems, contributed by volunteers, pertaining to dreams.

By: Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

Book cover Morn

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of Morn by Helen Hunt Jackson. This was the Weekly Poetry project for March 8, 2020. ------ Helen Hunt Jackson was an American poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the United States government. This poem about waking up in the morning is from the collection Sonnets and Lyrics .

By: Damon Runyon (1880-1946)

Book cover Last of the Hackdrivers

volunteers bring you 14 recordings of The Last of the Hackdrivers by Damon Runyon. This was the Weekly Poetry project for March 15, 2020. ------ Alfred Damon Runyon was an American newspaperman and short-story writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. Runyon's fictional world is also known to the general public through the musical Guys and Dolls based on a few of his stories. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover World's Best Poetry, Volume 7: Descriptive and Narrative (Part 2)

The seventh of ten volumes of poetry edited by Canadian poet laureate Bliss Carman . This collection, the second of two parts, contains a series of odes and addresses to the natural and artistic realms, as well as various geographic places in the world, from Egypt and India, all the way to England and America. It concludes with popular narrative poetry originating from the Greek, Roman, Norse, German, East Asian, Spanish, French, English, Scottish and American literary traditions. - Summary by Tomas Peter

By: Susanna Moodie (1803-1885)

Book cover Pause

volunteers bring you 19 recordings of The Pause by Susanna Moodie. This was the Weekly Poetry project for March 22, 2020. ------ Susanna Moodie was an English-born Canadian author who wrote about her experiences as a settler in Canada, which was a British colony at the time. This poem is taken from ENTHUSIASM AND OTHER POEMS, By SUSANNA STRICKLAND, - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 203

This is a collection of 63 poems read in English by volunteers for April 2020.

By: Eva March Tappan (1854-1930)

Book cover World’s Story Volume XI: Canada, South America, Central America, Mexico and the West Indies

This is the eleventh volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Part XI contains stories about Canadian history and about the discovery of Central and South America, from the early Inca and Aztec civilizations to the 20th century revolutions and upheavals. - Summary by Sonia Cast list for The Court of Justice of General Gomez: Major: Jim Locke / Gomez: Monika M.C. / Narrator: Sonia

By: Andrew Barton Paterson (1864-1941)

Book cover Not on It

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of Not on It by Andrew Barton Paterson. This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 12, 2020. ------ This Weekly Poem is from the original collection SALTBUSH BILL, J.P., AND OTHER VERSES, which includes 43 poems by the author that are reprinted from various sources. The book formed part of the publisher's series of "Pocket Editions for the Trenches", designed to fit a serviceman's coat pocket.

By: Henry Kendall (1839-1882)

Book cover After Many Years

volunteers bring you 18 recordings of After Many Years by Henry Kendall. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for April 19, 2020. ------ Henry Kendall was the first Australian poet to draw his inspiration from the life, scenery and traditions of the country., from the Biographical Note by Bertram Stevens

By: John Hay Beith (1876-1952)

Book cover Good Dog Book

A collection of adult stories and poems - sad, humorous, and adventurous - about Man's Best Friend. NOTE: Most of these selections contain violence that will be objectionable to some listeners. - Summary by TriciaG

By: W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911)

Book cover Magnet and The Churn

volunteers bring you 21 recordings of The Magnet and The Churn by W. S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 26, 2020. ------ A bit of frivolity in these trying times. This Weekly Poem is taken from Bab Ballads and Savoy Songs by W. S. Gilbert. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959)

Book cover Rhymes of Childhood

Not nursery rhymes, but poems about different scenes of childhood. Poems about Grandpa, Grandma, story time, castor oil, “Wait till your pa comes home!”, and many more. These are sure to evoke nostalgia, lots of smiles, and maybe a couple sighs or tears. - Summary by TriciaG

By: James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)

Book cover Pansies

volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Pansies by James Whitcomb Riley. This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 3, 2020. ------ Another ode to Spring and one of the popular flowers starting to bloom. Taken from Rhymes of Childhood by James Whitcomb Riley - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Anna Hempstead Branch (1875-1937)

Book cover Mother's Song

volunteers bring you 16 recordings of A Mother's Song by Anna Hempstead Branch. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for May 3, 2020. ------ A tribute to Mothers everywhere. Taken from The shoes that danced, and other poems by Anna Hempstead Branch, - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Madison Cawein (1865-1914)

Book cover Quiet

volunteers bring you 28 recordings of Quiet by Madison Cawein. This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 17, 2020. ------ Cawein's description of "A log-hut in the solitude", taken from The Poems of Madison Cawein, Volume 3, Nature Poems. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Marcus Clarke (1846-1881)

Book cover Wail of the Waiter

volunteers bring you 12 recordings of The Wail of the Waiter by Marcus Clarke. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for May 16, 2020. ------ A little something in anticipation of the day when things return to normal and folks everywhere, particularly in the hospitality industry, are back at work. - Summary by SonOfTheExiles

By: Various

Book cover Birds, Vol. I, No 3, March 1897

Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems, anecdotes and factual descriptions of birds with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1897-1907 under the various titles, "Birds," "Birds and all Nature," "Nature and Art" and "Birds and Nature." Later issues were expanded to include animals, plants, etc. Summary by J. M. Smallheer

By: Eugene Field (1850-1895)

Book cover Lullaby-Land: Songs of Childhood

Lullaby-Land: Songs of Childhood is a book of children’s poetry by Eugene Field. Within the poems in this volume you will find some of his well-known works including The Duel, Wynken, Blynken and Nod, and Little Boy Blue. - Summary by SweetHome

By: Rebecca Ruter Springer (1832-1904)

Book cover Songs by the Sea

Best known for her mystical writing, IntraMuros, Rebecca Ruter Springer was also a sensitive poet. This a short volume of her poems celebrating the sea. - Summary by Larry Wilson

By: Various

Book cover A to Zed Collection Vol. 002

This is a collection of 26 selections, both fiction and nonfiction, in which each topic begins with a different letter of the alphabet.

By: William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Book cover Ode To Duty

volunteers bring you 11 recordings of Ode To Duty by William Wordsworth. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for May 31, 2020 ------ “Ode to Duty” is an appeal to the principle of morality for guidance and support. This Fortnightly Poem is taken from The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth — Volume 3 by William Wordsworth - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 205

This is a collection of 69 poems read in English by volunteers for June 2020.

By: Marcus Clarke (1846-1881)

Book cover In A Lady's Album

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of In A Lady's Album by Marcus Clarke. This was the Weekly Poetry project for June 7, 2020. ------ Opinion is divided as to whether this poem by a notorious bohemian was sincere or whether he was trying to burnish his credentials as a lady’s man. How you find it might well determine how you read it... - Summary by SonOfTheExiles

By: Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959)

Book cover Man to Be

volunteers bring you 14 recordings of The Man to Be by Edgar A. Guest. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for June 14, 2020. ------ A tribute to Fathers contemplating the future of their children. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Various

Book cover Birds, Vol. I, No 6, June 1897

Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems, anecdotes and factual descriptions of birds with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1897-1907 under the various titles, "Birds," "Birds and all Nature," "Nature and Art" and "Birds and Nature." Later issues were expanded to include animals, plants, etc. Summary by J. M. Smallheer

By: H. P. Nichols

Book cover Bee

volunteers bring you 28 recordings of The Bee by H. P. Nichols. This was the Weekly Poetry project for June 21, 2020. ----- Some practical advice to a child, taken from Cousin Hatty's Hymns and Twilight Stories. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Marcus Clarke (1846-1881)

Book cover Mind's Eye

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of The Mind's Eye by Marcus Clarke. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for June 28, 2020. ------ This Fortnightly Poem is taken from The Australian Edition of the Selected Works of Marcus Clarke

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 206

This is a collection of 80 poems read in English by volunteers for July 2020.

By: James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)

Book cover If I knew What Poets Know

volunteers bring you 23 recordings of If I knew What Poets Know by James Whitcomb Riley. This was the Weekly Poetry project for July 5, 2020. ------Riley's chief legacy was his influence in fostering the creation of a Midwestern cultural identity and his contributions to the Golden Age of Indiana Literature. With other writers of his era, he helped create a caricature of Midwesterners and formed a literary community that produced works rivaling the established eastern literati. There are many memorials dedicated to Riley, including the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.

By: Eva March Tappan (1854-1930)

Book cover World’s Story Volume XII: The United States

This is the twelfth volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Part XII compiles stories about the early history of the United States, starting with the first explorators, the fights with the native Americans, the early settlers and culminating with the struggle for independence from the European leaders. - Summary by Sonia

By: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

Book cover White Bird of Love

volunteers bring you 19 recordings of White Bird of Love by Joyce Kilmer. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for July 12, 2020. ------ Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his Roman Catholic religious faith, Kilmer was also a journalist, literary critic, lecturer, and editor. At the time of his deployment to Europe during World War I, Kilmer was considered the leading American Roman Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation, - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Nathalia Crane (1913-1998)

Book cover Janitor's Boy and Other Poems

Known for her whimsical verse and rhythmic, lilting poems Nathalia Crane was a child prodigy who published her first volume of poetry at the age of 10. There was nothing in her poems that indicated her age. Her delightful verse, and her maturity and insightfulness in poems such as The History of Honey, The Army Laundress, The Reading Boy, The Three Cornered Lot, and The Commonplace, won her recognition among poets. - Summary by AnnaLisa Bodtker

By: Various

Book cover Birds, Vol. II, No 4, October 1897

Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems, anecdotes and factual descriptions of birds with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1897-1907 under the various titles, "Birds," "Birds and all Nature," "Nature and Art" and "Birds and Nature." Later issues were expanded to include animals, plants, etc. Summary by J. M. Smallheer

By: Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)

Book cover One Lovely Name

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of One Lovely Name by Walter Savage Landor. This was the Weekly Poetry project for July 26, 2020.------- Walter Savage Landor was an English writer, poet, and activist. Today he is best known for his collection of Imaginary Conversations between historical celebrities and his pithy aphoristic verses. - Summary by Algy Pug

By: Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

Book cover Parental Ode to My Son, Aged Three Years and Five Months

volunteers bring you 16 recordings of A Parental Ode to My Son, Aged Three Years and Five Months by Thomas Hood. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for July 26, 2020.----- A father is trying to write a poem to his son, but the troublesome antics of the latter make the author put in interjections that entirely contradict the poetical picture he tries to paint of the child.

By: Omar Khayyám (1048-1131)

Book cover Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

While the translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald has become the best known English language version of this classic poem, it is neither the most complete or accurate rendering of Omar's oeuvre. Among others, E.A.Johnson spent nearly thirty years translating all 762 verses of the Lucknow Edition of the Rubaiyat. Apart from this singular publication, the life and activities of the translator remain hidden in obscurity. - Summary by Algy Pug

By: Robert Bridges (1844-1930)

Book cover Sonnet 38 from The Growth of Love

volunteers bring you 21 recordings of Sonnet 38 from The Growth of Love by Robert Bridges. This was the Weekly Poetry project for August 9, 2020. ------ Robert Bridges was the English Poet Laureate from 1913 until his death. A physician by training, he retired from practice in 1882 and devoted the remainder of his life to literary pursuits. This poem comes from 1898 edition of a sonnet collection entitled the Growth of Love. - Summary by Algy Pug

By: Mary Sidney Herbert (1561-1621)

Book cover Psalmes of David (Sidney Psalms)

A poetic version of the Psalms by Sir Philip Sidney and his sister, Mary Sidney Herbert, the Countess of Pembroke . "It is possible that the original Autograph manuscript of Sir Philip Sidney may still exist in the library at Wilton. It would have been desirable to have ascertained this, as it might prove which were versified by him, and which by his sister. This I have not been able to accomplish." Some of the Psalms may have been written by a third party. The Christian Remembrancer magazine for June, 1821 contains a paper by Dr...

By: Eva March Tappan (1854-1930)

Book cover World’s Story Volume XIII: The United States

This is the thirteenth volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Part XIII is the second volume of the history of the United States, exploring topics from the Civil War, the settlement on the West Coast, and new scientific discoveries from the 19th and early 20th centuries. - Summary by Sonia

By: Eugene Field (1850-1895)

Book cover With Trumpet and Drum

The book is made up of poems compiled from the “Little Book of Western Verse,” the “Second Book of Verse,” and the files of the “Chicago Daily News,” the “Youth’s Companion,” and the “Ladies’ Home Journal” , including such favorites as The Sugar Plum Tree, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, and Little Boy Blue, by the Poet of Childhood, Eugene Field. - Summary by AnnaLisa Bodtker

By: Cordelia Ray (1852-1916)

Book cover Sonnets

Cordelia Ray was a Black author and teacher. This volume contains 12 of her poems and was first published in 1893. - Summary by Newgatenovelist

By: Hartley Coleridge (1796-1849)

Book cover Sonnet IX

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of Sonnet IX by Hartley Coleridge. This was a Weekly Poetry project for September 20, 2020. ------ Hartley Coleridge, was an English poet, biographer, essayist, and teacher. He was the eldest son of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. His sister Sara Coleridge was a poet and translator, and his brother Derwent Coleridge was a scholar and author. Hartley was named after the philosopher David Hartley. A pair of Weekly Poems celebrate his birthday this Sunday. - Summary by Wikipedia

Book cover Sonnet IV

volunteers bring you 19 recordings of Sonnet IV by Hartley Coleridge. This was a Weekly Poetry project for September 20, 2020. ------ The second of two poems celebrating the birthday of Hartley Coleridge, this one taken from Poems of Hartley Coleridge, Volume II. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Various

Book cover Birds, Vol. III, No 3, March 1898

Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems, anecdotes and factual descriptions of birds with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1898-1907 under the various titles, "Birds," "Birds and all Nature," "Nature and Art" and "Birds and Nature." Later issues were expanded to include animals, plants, etc. Summary by J. M. Smallheer


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