By: Damon Runyon (1880-1946)
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: Danske Dandridge (1854-1914)
Danske Dandridge was a Danish-born American poet, who is considered one of the major poets from West Virginia. In this volume, 36 of her poems are collected. The poems often read a lot like small fairy tales, and speak of nature, spirits, and emotions. - Summary by Carolin
By: Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened “Divina” by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, the last great work of literature of the Middle Ages and the first great work of the Renaissance. A culmination of the medieval world-view of the afterlife, it establishes the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature...
New Life (La vita nuova)
One of Dante's earliest works, La vita nuova or La vita nova (The New Life) is in a prosimetrum style, a combination of prose and verse, and tells the story of his youthful love for Beatrice. The prose creates the illusion of narrative continuity between the poems; it is Dante's way of reconstructing himself and his art in terms of his evolving sense of the limitations of courtly love (the system of ritualized love and art that Dante and his poet-friends inherited from the Provençal poets, the Sicilian poets of the court of Frederick II, and the Tuscan poets before them)...
By: Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis (-2nd Cent.)
Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, known in English as Juvenal, was a Roman poet active in the late 1st and early 2nd century AD. The details of the author's life are unclear, although references within his text to known persons of the late 1st and early 2nd centuries AD fix his terminus post quem (earliest date of composition). The Satires are a collection of satirical poems by Juvenal written in the late 1st and early 2nd centuries AD. Juvenal is credited with sixteen known poems divided among five books; all are in the Roman genre of satire, which, at its most basic in the time of the author, comprised a wide-ranging discussion of society and social mores in dactylic hexameter...
By: Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826-1887)
volunteers bring you 15 recordings of October by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik. This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 6, 2019. ------ Dinah Maria Craik was an English novelist and poet. She is best remembered for her novel John Halifax, Gentleman, which presents the ideals of English middle-class life. - Summary by Wikipedia
By: Donald Evans (1884-1921)
Sonnets from the Patagonian: The Street of Little Hotels
Sonnets from The Patagonian is a collection of sonnets and the first work published by the short-lived Claire Marie press. Each sonnet is a portrait of someone Evans knows from the Modernist scene just beginning to coalesce in Greenwich Village, and each portrait is dedicated to a completely different acquaintance. What emerges is a clever, irreverent, set of early Modernist in-jokes that look forward to the Dadaist and Surrealist movements that would form in Europe after World War I. Giddy, bizarre and deftly constructed, Sonnets from the Patagonian read like nothing else of its time...
By: Dorothy Frances McCrae (1879-1937)
volunteers bring you 16 recordings of The Treasure, by Dorothy Frances McCrae. This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 24, 2022. ----- Dorothy Frances McCrae was an Australian poet. - Summary by TriciaG
volunteers bring you 15 recordings of September by Dorothy Frances McCrea. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 5, 2021. ------ Dorothy Frances McCrae was an Australian poetess born in 1879 in Melbourne Australia. - Summary by David Lawrence
By: Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
Men I'm Not Married To
A saucy little poem commenting upon all men that Ms. Parker didn't marry, perhaps implying that upon marrying, the husband becomes far more special than all the other men in the world. It's sort of the same theme embodied in Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, who was saddened to discover that his rose was like any other rose, except when he further realized that his rose depended upon him alone for her care, and was the only rose that belonged to him. ~ Summary by Michele Fry
volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Recurrence by Dorothy Parker. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 16, 2022. ----- Dorothy Parker was an American poet, writer, critic, and satirist based in New York. She was best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. This poem is taken from her book "Enough Rope" , freshly out of US copyright. - Summary by TriciaG
By: DuBose Heyward (1885-1940)
Carolina Chansons: Legends of the Low Country
This is a collection of poems about Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. DuBose Heyward was a Charleston native best known for his novel Porgy, which was the basis for the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. Hervey Allen, who later wrote Anthony Adverse, met Heyward after moving to Charleston to teach. Together they founded the Poetry Society of South Carolina, which is still active today.
By: Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947)
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: E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913)
Lifting Of The Mist
volunteers bring you 16 recordings of The Lifting Of The Mist by E. Pauline Johnson. This was the Weekly Poetry project for July 28, 2019. ------ Her education was neither extensive nor elaborate, and embraced neither High School nor College. ... she acquired a wide general knowledge, having been, through childhood and early girlhood, a great reader, especially of poetry. Before she was twelve years old she had read every line of Scott's poems, every line of Longfellow, much of Byron, Shakespeare, and such books as Addison's "Spectator," Foster's Essays and Owen Meredith.
volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Christmastide by E. Pauline Johnson. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 15, 2019. ------ Emily Pauline Johnson commonly known as E. Pauline Johnson or just Pauline Johnson, was a Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century. - Summary by Wikipedia
By: Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959)
All That Matters
A collection of poems about life. Written in an easy and interesting style this book includes poems about many parts of family life, motherhood, babies, dads, and youth. None of them long, they focus the listener on the blessings of life.
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
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
volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Keep Going, by Edgar A. Guest. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for April 24, 2022. ----- This poem is often wrongly attributed to John Greenleaf Whittier, but the source we're using is a scan of a 1921 newspaper with Guest attributed as the author. The line, "Success is failure turned inside out," is taken from this poem. - Summary by TriciaG
By: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
When a modern film script draws inspiration from a poem written more than a century ago, readers can judge its impact on our collective imagination. Such is the resonance of the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. First published in 1845, "The Raven" is a masterpiece of atmosphere, rhythmic quality and use of language. Constructed in narrative form, it tells the story of a young man who is mourning the loss of his beloved. One December night as he wearily sits up browsing through a classical volume, a mysterious tapping against his window disturbs him...
Edgar Allan Poe Poems
Best known for his scary tales, mystery and detective stories and imaginative fantasy stories, Edgar Allan Poe was also a gifted poet. He wrote more than 70 poems and almost all of them have been widely appreciated by readers and critics alike. This collection contains some of his most famous ones, including the immortal Raven, which combines a sense of doom and nameless despair. With its ringing, alliterative and repetitive lines and strange, supernatural atmosphere, it remains one of Poe's best known and most quoted poems...
Raven and Other Poems
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping — rapping at my chamber door. "Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door — Only this and nothing more."". Those sonorous and somber words of Edgar Allan Poe that begin The Raven are part of most everyone's fond educational memories. Beautiful and haunting to hear and even more fun to read aloud...
To the River
volunteers bring you 26 recordings of To the River by Edgar Allan Poe. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 13, 2019. ------ This Weekly Poem is taken from the Complete Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Miscellaneous Poe: Poems and Short Stories
Come and hear some of the wonderful, magical, fantastic and macabre works of the inestimable Edgar Allan Poe. This collection contains the world famous poems Annabel Lee, The Bells, Eldorado and The Raven. Also included is his masterful short story, the horror classic The Tell-Tale Heart. Poe's vocabulary and ability to rhyme and 'turn a phrase' have made him one of the most celebrated and well regarded writers of all time!
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. - Summary by Wikipedia
Bells and Other Poems
This is a collection of the most famous poems by Edgar Allan Poe. It includes all of his most famous poems, such as the Bells and Annabel Lee, but also some minor and less well-known poems. Readers may wish to refer to the online text for 28 beautiful colour illustrations by Edmund Dulac. - Summary by Carolin
Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career...
By: Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950)
Spoon River Anthology
Two hundred and twelve residents of a small town tell their stories without fear of recrimination or ridicule. The only difference is that they're all dead! The two hundred and forty-four poems that form the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters is really a series of epitaphs about the citizens of a fictional town called Spoon River and deals with the “plain and simple annals” of small town America. Edgar Lee Masters grew up in a small town in Illinois. His father's financial problems forced the young Masters to abandon ideas of college and take up a job instead...
By: Edith M. Thomas (1854-1925)
What The Pine Trees Said
Edith Matilda Thomas was an American poet who "was one of the first poets to capture successfully the excitement of the modern city.
Edith Matilda Thomas was an American poet who "was one of the first poets to capture successfully the excitement of the modern city." This poem taken from the The Little Book of Modern Verse. 1917.; Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. - Summary by Wikipedia
By: Edith Nesbit (1858-1924)
All Round the Year
A light and whimsical collection of poems by the celebrated children’s author E Nesbit, in collaboration with Saretta Nesbit.
Many Voices (selection from)
E. Nesbit (Edith Bland) was a prodigious 19th century children’s writer who produced over 60 books of fiction for children. This book of poems has many elements which would appeal to children but there’s also some exploration of her feelings of love, lust and longing which your average 10 year old would find downright yucky. There are also moments of joy, moments of sugary sweetness and moments of sharp insight in this collection which contains views from many angles. Recurring themes of love, death, gardens and fairies give us a fine insight into the lively imagination of E. Nesbit. Summary by Jim Mowatt.