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by | Read by Stella Gonet, Haydn Gwynne, David Horovitch, et al.

Poetry & Drama • 2.25 hrs. • Anthology • ©

It's remarkable how much poetry comes alive when it's performed by the likes of Derek Jacobi or Prunella Scales, rather than a stodgy prof in a tweed blazer. This fine HighBridge series introduces listeners to major English poets using a successful formula in each of its titles. A narrator introduces each poem, providing biographical information, setting the work in its historical context and clarifying any obscure references. The selections--usually unabridged, though sometimes excerpts--are then read by one of several actors, providing a good cross section of each poet's oeuvre. The selection of Shelley's poems, presented chronologically, gives an excellent sampling of his best work, an important consideration when dealing with the poet's uneven output. The capable British ensemble exhibits only the occasional flash of histrionics and is otherwise effective in capturing Shelley's passion and lyricism. With only a few exceptions, these performers have a keen ear for the rhythm of the verse, and they illuminate it in new ways for readers who may have previously experienced this work only in print. D.B. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 00]

Retail pak • HighBridge Audio • 1998

CS ISBN 1565112822 $16.95 • Two cassettes

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Retail pak • HighBridge Audio • 1998

CS ISBN 1565112822 $16.95 • Two cassettes

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