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Classic American Poetry Audio CD – Audiobook, May 22 2000


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos Audio Books; Unabridged edition (May 22 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 962634198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626341988
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 13.8 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #691,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up-From the 17th century words of Anne Bradstreet to the 20th century lines of Alice Walker, this collection of 65 poems is a brief sampling of the diverse voices in American literary history. It includes poetry from well-known authors such as Longfellow, Poe, Whitman and Cummings, and anonymous pieces from Native and African American cultures. This anthology was compiled and produced by Garrick Hagon, one of six performers with British and American credits who read with passion and pace. Highlighting lesser-known works by authors such as Dickinson and Thoreau, and less familiar authors such as Elinor Wylie and Frances E.W. Harper offers poetry fans a chance for discovery A lengthy essay in the liner notes traces the development of various movements in American poetry and provides a list of poems on the cassettes. One minor error incorrectly places some of the poems from side one on side two. The notes also identify each reader and the titles of the music used for interludes. The inclusion of poems such as "The Star Spangled Banner" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" make this useful for history classes as well as literature and writing courses. A useful purchase for school and public libraries.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From AudioFile

Much of American poetry before Whitman, Dickinson, and Frostis passé today. College anthologies rarely include Henry WadsworthLongfellow or John Greenleaf Whittier or William Cullen Bryant, thoseGreat American Poets of the 1800s. This excellent selection of 65American poems brings back those names, along with "Hiawatha," "TheRaven," "Annabel Lee," "Old Ironsides," and "The Indian Student," allthe favorites from our collective childhood--omitting only, it seems,"The Skeleton in Armor" and "Evangeline." It takes a certain courageand incredible skill to deliver all the verses of "The Star-SpangledBanner" and "Frankie and Johnny" without falling into melody, and thisskilled ensemble delivers a highly accomplished reading of a host ofAmerican classic poems, in the tones and accents in which they havetraditionally been heard. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland,Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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poetry is one of those things wich either you can't stand or simply love. Having been exposed to very little myself I decided to give this coolection a try. I have purchased Naxos products in the past so I considered myself to be safe. Naxos after all is a great publisher. Well, I popped in the first CD and boy I was drawn in. The various readers used on this production were simply outstanding. I have never heard such narration before. I don't know why the reviewer below me is complaining. I have very little knowledge about the poets included in this collection but I feel I got a crash course in some ways. It was a pleasure to simply listen to the text being read. It makes for a great companion when enjoying a good cup of coffee as well. I will most definitely buy more poetry collections done by Naxos; in fact I have started listening to another set all ready. Bravo to the readers and to a fine audiobook. It is one of those books I will listen to over and over again for the works here are timeless indeed.
This audiobook contains two CD's. The narration is done by a variety of readers and the poems are complemented with musical interludes.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
The best way to enjoy poetry June 12 2002
By "honeydick" - Published on Amazon.com
poetry is one of those things wich either you can't stand or simply love. Having been exposed to very little myself I decided to give this coolection a try. I have purchased Naxos products in the past so I considered myself to be safe. Naxos after all is a great publisher. Well, I popped in the first CD and boy I was drawn in. The various readers used on this production were simply outstanding. I have never heard such narration before. I don't know why the reviewer below me is complaining. I have very little knowledge about the poets included in this collection but I feel I got a crash course in some ways. It was a pleasure to simply listen to the text being read. It makes for a great companion when enjoying a good cup of coffee as well. I will most definitely buy more poetry collections done by Naxos; in fact I have started listening to another set all ready. Bravo to the readers and to a fine audiobook. It is one of those books I will listen to over and over again for the works here are timeless indeed.
This audiobook contains two CD's. The narration is done by a variety of readers and the poems are complemented with musical interludes.
3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Classic American Poetry: 65 Poems by Longfellow, Poe, Emerson, Whitman, Frost, Cummings and Many More Nov. 9 2006
By Ronald J. Elstad - Published on Amazon.com
I was completely satisfied with my transaction.


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