By: Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695)
Old Man and the Ass
LibriVox volunteers bring you 8 recordings of The Old Man and the Ass by Jean de La Fontaine. (There was no translator acknowledged in the text.) This was the Weekly Poetry project for July 7, 2013.Jean de La Fontaine was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages.According to Flaubert, he was the only French poet to understand and master the texture of the French language before Hugo...
By: Jean M. Snyder
|A Little Window|
By: Jean McKishnie Blewett (1862-1934)
Jean McKishnie Blewett (4 November 1862 – 19 August 1934) was a Canadian journalist, author and poet. Blewett was a regular contributor to The Globe, a Toronto newspaper and in 1898 became editor of its Homemakers Department. In 1919, assisted by the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, she published a booklet titled Heart Stories to benefit war charities. During this time she regularly lectured on topics such as temperance and suffragism. She used the pseudonym Katherine Kent for some of her writing...
By: Jessie Belle Rittenhouse (1869-1948)
|The Second Book of Modern Verse; a selection from the work of contemporaneous American poets|
|The Little Book of Modern Verse; a selection from the work of contemporaneous American poets|
By: Jessie Duncan [Translator] Westbrook
By: Johan Olof Wallin (1779-1839)
|The Angel of Death|
By: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Faust, Part 1
Faust is the protagonist of a classic German legend; a highly successful scholar, but also dissatisfied with his life, and so makes a deal with the devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play in two parts. It is Goethe's most famous work and considered by many to be one of the greatest works of German literature.This first part of Faust is not divided into acts, but is structured as a sequence of scenes in a variety of settings. After a dedicatory poem and a prelude in the theatre, the actual plot begins with a prologue in Heaven and Scene 1 in Faust's study.
Also known as the "Roman Elegies," Erotica Romana is von Goethe's literary tribute to human sexuality and eroticism. Written in 24 elegies to emulate classical Roman elegy writers such as Tibullus, Propertius, and Catullus, von Goethe creates a lyrical work of art that has often been subject to censorship.
|Faust — Part 1|
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him are extant.
|Faust; a Tragedy, Translated from the German of Goethe|
|Hermann and Dorothea|
By: John Buchan (1875-1940)
|The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies|
By: John Charles McNeill (1874-1907)
|Songs, Merry and Sad|
By: John Clare (1793-1864)
LibriVox volunteers bring you 20 recordings of November by John Clare. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 18, 2012John Clare was an English poet, the son of a farm labourer, who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. His poetry underwent a major re-evaluation in the late 20th century and he is often now considered to be among the most important 19th-century poets. His biographer Jonathan Bate states that Clare was "the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self". (
By: John Courtenay (1738-1816)
|A Poetical Review of the Literary and Moral Character of the late Samuel Johnson (1786)|
By: John D. Cossar
|A Leaf from the Old Forest|
By: John Dryden (1631-1700)
|Discourses on Satire and on Epic Poetry|
By: John Gould Fletcher (1886-1950)
By: John Gower (1330?-1408)
|Confessio Amantis, or, Tales of the Seven Deadly Sins|
By: John Gray (1866-1934)
By: John Greenleaf Whittier
Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl
A 750-line idyllic poem about a snow-storm from the narrator’s childhood.
|Snow-Bound A Winter Idyll|
John Greenleaf Whittier was an American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Frequently listed as one of the Fireside Poets, Whittier was influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns.
|The Works of Whittier, Volume III (of VII) Anti-Slavery Poems and Songs of Labor and Reform|
|Anti-Slavery Poems I. From Volume III., the Works of Whittier: Anti-Slavery Poems and Songs of Labor and Reform|
|Anti-Slavery Poems III. From Volume III., the Works of Whittier: Anti-Slavery Poems and Songs of Labor and Reform|
|Anti-Slavery Poems II. From Volume III., the Works of Whittier: Anti-Slavery Poems and Songs of Labor and Reform|
|Songs of Labor and Reform From Volume III., the Works of Whittier: Anti-Slavery Poems and Songs of Labor and Reform|
LibriVox volunteers bring you 11 recordings of The Frost Spirit by John Greenleaf Whittier. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for October 28, 2012.John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American Quaker poet. He is considered one of the Fireside Poets and was influenced by Robert Burns.
By: John Hartley (1839-1915)
|Yorkshire Ditties, First Series To Which Is Added The Cream Of Wit And Humour From His Popular Writings|
|Yorkshire Lyrics Poems written in the Dialect as Spoken in the West Riding of Yorkshire. To which are added a Selection of Fugitive Verses not in the Dialect|
|Yorkshire Ditties, Second Series To which is added The Cream of Wit and Humour from his Popular Writings|
By: John Jenkins (1821-1896)
|The Poetry of Wales|
By: John Keats (1795-1821)
|Endymion A Poetic Romance|
Early poems of this famous English lyric poet, in which he openly expresses indebtedness to, and reverence for, his poetic predecessors, especially Spenser, into whose chivalric world he boldly ventures; and also for Milton, and the classic poets. There are also glimpses of his personal, family and political relationships. These poems are of medium length and often pastoral and contemplative in nature with many classical references. His lyric genius and love for humanity are clearly displayed.( Peter Tucker)
By: John Keble (1792-1866)
|The Christian Year|
By: John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)
|Cobwebs from a Library Corner|
By: John Louis Haney (1877-1960)
|Early Reviews of English Poets|
By: John Lydgate (1370?-1451?)
|The Temple of Glass|
By: John Milton (1608-1674)
Magnificent in its scale and scope, this monumental poem by the blind poet John Milton was the first epic conceived in the English language. It describes an omniscient, all powerful God, the Fall of Man, the Temptation in the Garden of Eden, the disgraced angel who later becomes known as Satan, the Angelic Wars fought by Archangels Michael and Raphael and the Son of God who is the real hero of this saga. The poet John Milton was more than sixty years old when he embarked on this immense work of literary creation...
Paradise Regained is a poem by the 17th century English poet John Milton, published in 1671. It is connected by name to his earlier and more famous epic poem Paradise Lost, with which it shares similar theological themes. Based on the Gospel of Luke’s version of the Temptation of Christ, Paradise Regained is more thoughtful in writing style, and thrives upon the imagery of Jesus’ perfection in contrast to the shame of Satan.
“The Sun to me is darkAnd silent as the Moon,When she deserts the nightHid in her vacant interlunar cave.”Milton composes his last extended work as a tragedy according to the classical Unities of Time, Place and Action. Nevertheless it “never was intended for the stage” and is here declaimed by a single reader.Samson the blinded captive, in company with the Chorus of friends and countrymen, receives his visitors on their varying missions and through them his violent story is vividly recalled...
|L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Comus, and Lycidas|
By: John Oxenham (1852-1941)
|Bees in Amber A Little Book of Thoughtful Verse|
By: Joseph Crosby Lincoln (1870-1944)
|Cape Cod Ballads, and Other Verse|
By: Joseph Horatio Chant (1837-1928)
|Gleams of Sunshine Optimistic Poems|
By: Joseph Knight (1845-)
|Pipe and Pouch The Smoker's Own Book of Poetry|
By: Josephine Preston Peabody (1874-1922)
|The Singing Man A Book of Songs and Shadows|
By: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
Trees and Other Poems
"I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree; A tree whose hungry mouth is presd against the sweet earth's flowing breast ...". Almost all of us, including myself of course, have heard and enjoyed those famous words which begin Kilmer's poem, Trees. There is even a National Forest in the United States named in honor of this poem. Here is a recording of the entire book of poems in which it was first published in 1914. Joyce Kilmer was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for...
Main Street, and Other Poems
This is a book of poems by Joyce Kilmer. It includes several of his religious poems and poems about World War I, in which the author himself lost his life in 1918.
By: Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing (1841-1885)
|Verses for Children and Songs for Music|
By: Kabir (1440-1518)
Songs of Kabir
Kabir (1440 - 1518) was a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly influenced the Bhakti movement.The name Kabir comes from Arabic Al-Kabir which means 'The Great' - the 37th Name of God in the Qur'an.Kabir was influenced by the prevailing religious mood of his times, such as old Brahmanic Hinduism, Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, the teachings of Nath yogis and the personal devotionalism of South India mixed with the imageless God of Islam. The influence of these various doctrines is clearly evident in Kabir's verses...
|Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works|
By: Kate Greenaway (1846-1901)
|Mother Goose or the Old Nursery Rhymes|
By: Katharine Pyle (1863-1938)
|Careless Jane and Other Tales|