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By: Lawrence Labree

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 23

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. The 23rd issue of the series presents another interesting mix of poetry, prose and trivia. - Summary by Sonia

By: Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)

Book cover War's Embers

A collection of poems by the Gloucestershire-born English poet Ivor Gurney describing his feelings about the First World War, during which he served on the Western Front and was wounded by a mustard gas attack, and its aftermath. - Summary by Alan Mapstone

By: Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

Book cover Blue Poetry Book

This anthology poetry, gathered by Andrew Lang and originally published in 1891, is read by four voices, Larry Wilson, Ciufi Galeazzi, Lynette Caulkins and J. Thurgood.

By: Lawrence Labree

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 25

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. This is the 25th issue, with a varied choice of poetry and prose texts. - Summary by Sonia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 221

This is a collection of 48 poems read in English by volunteers for October 2021.

Book cover Health, Disease, and Everything in Between

This collection is a mix of poems from several authors, all of which talk about health and disease from both the patient and the doctor's perspectives. - Summary by Maryam Arabi

By: William Wilfred Campbell (1860-1918)

Book cover Indian Summer

volunteers bring you 16 recordings of Indian Summer by William Wilfred Campbell. This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 3, 2021. ------ This wonderful poem by William Wilfred Campbell captures the essence of a Canadian Autumn - its sights, smells and sounds - and brings to life the beauty of a land displaying unsurpassed splendor while facing the inevitability of the first of many blankets of snow. - Summary by BruceK

By: Lawrence Labree

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 26

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. This is the 26th, and final issue of the first volume, with a varied choice of poetry, short stories and trivia. - Summary by Sonia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 222

This is a collection of 44 poems read in English by volunteers for November 2021.

By: Arthur Macy (1842-1904)

Book cover In Remembrance

volunteers bring you 14 recordings of In Remembrance by Arthur Macy. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for November 7, 2021. ------ A tribute to friends both past and present, this poem is taken from Poems by Arthur Macy - Summary by David Lawrence

By: George A. Baker, Jr. (1849-1906)

Book cover Eight Hours

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of Eight Hours by George A. Baker Jr. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 21, 2021. ------ This week's poem is a narrative of a working girl and her situation in society. George A. Baker was a native of New York City. He was a journalist, lawyer and author of novels and poetry, His works include Bad Habits of a Good Society . - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Book cover Vale to You, To Me the Heights

volunteers bring you 10 recordings of The Vale to You, To Me the Heights by Victor Hugo. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 28, 2021. ------ Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame , 1831. In France, Hugo is renowned for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles . - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Julia A. Moore (1847-1920)

Book cover Sentimental Song Book

Julia A. Moore, the "Sweet Singer of Michigan," is today considered one of the true luminaries of bad poetry. Her verse, with its questionable grammar, clumsily contrived rhymes and its unique mixture of rigorous moralism and sentimentality, attracted wide-spread mockery from the press and the public, but also the attention of literary celebrities like Mark Twain. Ogden Nash, the comic poet, claimed that Moore was a major source of inspiration. Today the Flint Public Library in Michigan holds the Julia A. Moore Poetry Festival to celebrate bad poetry. - Summary by Algy Pug

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 223

This is a collection of 38 poems read in English by volunteers for December 2021.

By: Dorothy Frances McCrae (1879-1937)

Book cover September

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: William Wilfred Campbell (1860-1918)

Book cover Lake Lyrics and Other Poems

A Collection of poems by the Canadian poet William Wilfred Campbell most of which describe the natural beauty of the Great Lakes region of Ontario. These poems reflect Campbell's deep love of Nature as God's Creation.

By: Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929)

Book cover On Christmas Eve

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of On Christmas Eve by Katharine Lee Bates. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 19, 2021. ------- Best known as the author of "America the Beautiful", American professor and poet Katharine Lee Bates also wrote many books and articles on social reform. In this poem, she strips away some of the outer layers of the Christmas story to peer into the core of the event. - Summary by TriciaG

Book cover Empty Room

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The Empty Room by Katharine Lee Bates. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for December 19, 2021. ------- Best known as the author of "America the Beautiful", American professor and poet Katharine Lee Bates also wrote many books and articles on social reform. - Summary by TriciaG

By: Various

Book cover Into The Valley Of Death: Crimea, Balaklava, The Light Brigade: Russell, Tennyson And Kipling

The Charge Of The Light Brigade is a famous poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. It is about, among other things, the valor of soldiers and the tragic loss of life in futile war engagements. The war is the Crimean War which Russia lost against a coalition of France, United Kingdom, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia. The battle is Balaclava, 25 October, 1854. The Light Brigade comprises cavalry officers and soldiers, mounted on smaller unarmored light fast horses and armed with sword and lance. Mobile and speedy, they were primarily intended for skirmishes and reconnaisances...

By: James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

Book cover My Brigantine

volunteers bring you 15 recordings of My Brigantine by James Fenimore Cooper. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 26, 2021. ----- After a stint on a commercial voyage, James Fenimore Cooper served in the U.S. Navy as a midshipman, where he learned the technology of managing sailing vessels which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. Cooper, beloved though he is as a novelist, hasn't drawn much attention for his poetry. Here is one of his pieces expressing his appreciation for a beautiful ship, taken from his 1830 novel "The Water-Witch". - Summary by TriciaG

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 224

This is a collection of 54 poems read in English by volunteers for January 2022.

By: William Murray Graydon (1864-1946)

Book cover Song of the Waters

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of The Song of the Waters by William Murray Graydon. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 2, 2022. ----- William Murray Graydon, February 4, 1864 – April 5, 1946, was an extremely prolific American writer who also wrote under the pen-names Alfred Armitage, William Murray, and Tom Olliver. He published a wide variety of historical fiction, wilderness and adventure stories and poems, science-fiction, and Sexton Blake boy detective stories. This lovely poem describes what the poet seems to hear the Susquehanna river whispering as it flows by his campsite on a star-lit night...

By: Robert Bulwer-Lytton (1831-1891)

Book cover Last Wish

volunteers bring you 27 recordings of The Last Wish by Robert Bulwer-Lytton. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 9, 2022. ----- Robert Edward Bulwer-Lytton was the son of the novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and was an English statesman, Conservative politician, and poet under the pseudonym Owen Meredith. - Summary by TriciaG

By: Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Book cover Recurrence

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: Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (1809-1893)

Book cover Faith

volunteers bring you 28 recordings of Faith by Fanny Kemble. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 16, 2022. ----- Fanny Kemble was a British actress who also found time to be a popular author of poetry, plays, travelogues, eleven volumes of memoirs, and more. She was an abolitionist after having been married for 14 years to a wealthy American plantation owner. This poem expresses the desire for trust over cynicism. - Summary by TriciaG

By: François Coppée (1842-1908)

Book cover Wounded Soldier in the Convent

volunteers bring you 15 recordings of The Wounded Soldier in the Convent by François Coppée. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 23, 2022, in honour of Coppée's 180th birthday on January 26. The poem was written in Paris during the Siege, November 1870 and celebrates caring nurses who work with difficult patients. ----- François Coppée was a French poet and novelist. He was famed as le poète des humbles . His verse and prose focus on plain expressions of emotion, patriotism, the joy of young love, and the pitifulness of the poor. - Summary by TriciaG & Wikipedia

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

Book cover When We Were Very Young (Version 3)

A timeless collection of poems for the whole family to enjoy, including "Buckingham Palace", "Disobedience", "Halfway Down" and of course, "Teddy Bear", where we're introduced for the first time to Edward Bear, later to become known as Winnie-the-Pooh. Beloved for nearly 100 years, there's no better time to go back to where it all began!

By: George Crabbe (1754-1832)

Book cover Momentary Grief

volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Momentary Grief by George Crabbe. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 30, 2022, in honour of Crabbe's 190th birthday on February 3. ----- George Crabbe was an English poet, surgeon and clergyman. He is best known for his narrative poetry. This piece reflects the religious facet of his life. - Summary by TriciaG and Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 225

This is a collection of 43 poems read in English by volunteers for February 2022.

By: Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)

Book cover To Mrs. De St Croix on Her Recovery

volunteers bring you 12 recordings of To Mrs. De St Croix on Her Recovery by Thomas Love Peacock. This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 6, 2022. ----- Thomas Love Peacock was an English novelist, poet, and official of the East India Company. While best known for his satirical novels, he also published several volumes of poetry. The first stanza of this piece seems fitting for the middle of winter. May all who have recovered from an illness have someone feel this way about them.

By: Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)

Book cover Winter Evening

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of A Winter Evening by Alexander Pushkin, translated by Martha Dickinson Bianchi. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for February 13, 2022. ----- Pushkin is a well-known Russian author and poet. Bianchi, the translator, was the niece of Emily Dickinson and is best known as an editor of Dickinson's poems. - Summary by TriciaG

By: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Book cover Song of Myself, section 51

volunteers bring you 14 recordings of Song of Myself, Section 51 by Walt Whitman. This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 20, 2022. ------ The final form of Song of Myself contains 52 sections, the work remains among the most acclaimed and influential in American poetry. In 2011, writer and academic Jay Parini named it the greatest American poem ever written. - Summary by Wikipedia


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