The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

John Lithgow Morgan Freeman Helen Mirren Glenn Close Gary Sinise Susan Sarandon

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The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

The Poets Corner The One and Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family This unique package provides a unique poetry experience from one of today s most beloved performers John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous f

  • Title: The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
  • Author: John Lithgow Morgan Freeman Helen Mirren Glenn Close Gary Sinise Susan Sarandon
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Audiobook
  • This unique package provides a unique poetry experience from one of today s most beloved performers.John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lThis unique package provides a unique poetry experience from one of today s most beloved performers.John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem His essential criterion is that each poem s light shines brightly when read aloud.William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, and Dylan Thomas are just a few names among Lithgow s comprehensive list of poetry masters Family members can take turns listening to these poems and enjoy how each comes to life through the spoken word in this engaging poetry collection.

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    1. Froglily on said:

      Actor and author John Lithgow presents poems by many of his favorite poets, enhancing the listener’s experience with biographical and critical commentary.Lithgow provides an inviting introduction to the work of his favorite poets. For each poet he sketches a brief biography, including critical comments on the poet’s work and place in the literary world. He follows the biography with a reading and discussion of one poem, and concludes by reading another poem and listing favorite poems of the [...]

    2. Ci on said:

      This is a personal-favorite-collection by Lithgow, organized by the last names of the poets, which rendered this book more suitable as a reference. Since this collection is "family-friendly", it is easy-listening and very little to offend. However, even within its narrowly defined purpose and its gingerly politeness, I have found two merits worth noting: one, succinct references of poets and notable poems; two, its accompanied readings from various actors such as Helen Mirren, Morgan Freedman, a [...]

    3. Tommy on said:

      I'm not sure there are adequate superlatives to describe this treasure. John Lithgow talks us through the lives and works of fifty of history's greatest poets. From Shakespeare to Yeats, Dylan Thomas to Edna St. Vincent Millay. Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsburg, Whitman, Dorothy Parker, Eliot, e.e. cummings It's an embarrassment of riches. Sure, there are noticeable omissions, but as a primer for adults and young people, I can't imagine a more accessible, fun volume. Lithgow is joi [...]

    4. Shae on said:

      I've never really been a John Lithgow fan, but after listening to him read his book, I count him as an enriching friend in my life. Ha! He starts off with an introduction about why he compiled this book of 50 poets and their poems. Then he give a little biography of each poet, reads 1-2 poems (or has famous people read them), and then concludes with a little explanation of why he loves it. I can not describe how soothing and sometimes thrilling and touching it was to listen to this in my car ove [...]

    5. Diana Long on said:

      This work really has me excitedI absolutely loved every minute of this just over 6 hour audio. I should have dubbed it a history of poetry and very educational as well. Not only is this a wonderful introduction to poetry but also highlights the writers who felt compelled to write beautiful inspiring words that have lasted through time. Some of the poets featured have been gone some 400 plus years but their words transcend time. Listen to the poems performed by such notable entertainment personal [...]

    6. Sherri on said:

      This was a 5 star book from the very first page to the very last! Cannot recommend it highly enough, especially on audiobook!

    7. Mark on said:

      Four stars for the content of the book itself, elevated to five stars for the audiobook version or for print copies that still have the accompanying CD, because trust me, you have not lived until you've heard Billy Connolly reading Robert Burns' "To a Mouse". What an absolute blast that was to hear. His reading of Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussycat" is also lots of fun; I played those tracks easily three or four times over before allowing myself to move on to the next poem. Morgan Freeman's [...]

    8. Hope on said:

      I suppose the word “family” is in the title because there is some nonsense poetry included and because of Lithgow’s grandfatherly tone. But if I were trying to introduce my children to poetry, this is not the selection I would choose because of the inclusion of modern poetry with its clunky rythms and obtuse meanings. (If someone has to explain a poem to you before you can like it, you have already missed much of the magic, soul-touching quality of poetry.)The positive side of this mixture [...]

    9. Joe on said:

      This was a very good read—a romp in the amusement park, as it were. It rekindled the love of poetry (and the writing thereof) that I had as a kid. The best thing about this book is that I got a chance to hear some brilliant poetry brilliantly read by brilliant interpreters. I read the book as well as listened to the audiobook. My only wish was to have had more of the guest readers read these works and have Lithgow moderate and read an occasional piece or two. John rounded off each chapter by r [...]

    10. Ann on said:

      I was curious to see Lithgow's take on classic poetry. He has included a good selection of the usual English language poets (mostly white, all dead, but not all men) with 1-2 poems from each. Lithgow uses a folksy, personal experience-with-each-poet narrative that would especially appeal to his fans. It's billed as book that will help families read poetry together, but some of his choices of poems seemed odd for that. I was often disappointed not to find MY favorite of a particular poet's work, [...]

    11. Simon Bullock on said:

      Beautiful assortment of poems from an eclectic range of sources and periods. While Gertrude Stein may be revered for her editorial clout, I can't say I'm a fan of her poetic works after my brief introduction in this compendium.

    12. Aloha on said:

      Good and enjoyable introduction to poetryWhile this may be basic to lovers of poetry, the intent is to give an enjoyable overview much like an album of classical music's greatest hits.

    13. Maeve on said:

      This is a delightful collection. I listened to the audiobook and Lithgow recruited many friends to read the poems beautifully. I highly recommend.

    14. Clare on said:

      What a delightful book! Not only are we treated to some fine poetry but also a glimpse into the poets' lives. John Lithgow somehow manages, in just a few paragraphs, to give us some insight into what might have shaped each poets writing. Some of the poems featured were old favorites of mine (The Tyger by William Blake, Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll and The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams to name a few). Others, completely new to me, were just as riveting. That's not to say I liked them [...]

    15. Lilly on said:

      Drink to me only with thine eyes,And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup,And I’ll not look for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth riseDoth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,I would not change for thine. The Poets’ Corner is a compilation of poems across different centuries. I love how I was introduced to all these poets whom I have never heard of before (which I’m quite sorry for) and how there were familiar ones whom I have already grown to l [...]

    16. Dan on said:

      This audiobook was a very high 4 for me. Lithgow attempted quite a feat of popular appeal with poetry, and I greatly respect his welcoming approach.Like others, I thought "The one-and-only poetry book for the whole family" was immodest and misleading. The poems here include language made difficult both by historical distance and by modern and unwelcoming styles. The "family" he refers to would need to include children no younger than high-school, I'd say.Still, I found Lithgow's concise biograph [...]

    17. Tina on said:

      I loved this book. Lithgow’s introductions to each poet are knowledgeable and warm. He seems to have genuine affection for the art of poetry and its traditionally most popular practitioners. No real surprises here, but his choice to present the poets in alphabetical instead of the customary chronological order made each stand out a bit more in my mind as I read along. A great intro to British and American poetry.

    18. Peter on said:

      Stupendous. A grand introduction to poets you may not be familiar with. The book is presented like a box of exotic chocolates. It some something which one should one's time with. To be read slowly, with each new poet set of poems to be savoured before moving on to the next.Honestly now my favorite book of peotry

    19. Adrienne on said:

      I didn't love every poem selection Lithgow chose (and a few were not exactly for younger children), but I loved the bios on each poet as well as Lithgow's commentary of the poems. His enthusiasm was contagious, and his personality shone through his selections and conversational style. The readings on the cd were also so wonderful.

    20. Paul Demetre on said:

      A wonderful collection of the best poets in the english language. This work includes a short biography and a couple of poems by each poet, as well as some notes on each poem. This book helped me to appreciate each poem and poet more than I had previously.

    21. Erica on said:

      This book is well done. Each poet is introduced and then a selection of their poetry is presented along with other named favorites of the author. I couldn't finish it though - just not warming up to poetry as I had hoped to.

    22. Melissa on said:

      A terrific introduction for someone like me who has not seriously considered poetry in decades.

    23. Kim Trautman on said:

      Excellent! So many familiar famous voices will read to you. What a treat to stream from my Public Library.

    24. Rana on said:

      I can't say I got a lot out of this, but I enjoyed listening to John Lithgow for a few hours, so he gets the stars.

    25. Linda on said:

      Comprehensive collection of poets (of the western world) with short biographies and one or two representative poems. Comes with a CD a testament to the fact that all poetry is meant to be read aloud.

    26. Peggy Pleasant on said:

      I enjoyed listening to this audio book with John Lithgow reading these poems. It was very relaxing but also insightful.

    27. Anna on said:

      A lovely selection and pleasant commentary - still needed more lady poets, PoC poets, and lgbtq poets. There is no shortage of any of these, and no excuse to have so few in a collection like this.

    28. Bahar Rita on said:

      most of the poems picked are not the best poems of the poets. i was disappointed.

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