Online Anthology of Lyrical Audio Poetry in Modern English, recorded by Walter Rufus Eagles ad majorem Dei gloriam

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POEMA AD LIBITUM, Fortnight II (June 25 - July 8, 2004)
chosen at the discretion of your reader, with his notes where appropriate.

Color Codes:

Blue = Newly recorded in Part II 
May 1, 2004  to April 30, 2006

Red = Replay from Part I
May 1, 2002 to April 30, 2004

Click HERE for listing for other fortnights of the Poema ad Libitum series.
Posted July 8, 2004 0005 GMT:

William Drummond of Hawthornden [1585-1649] [One of the English metaphysical poets represented on]
Three Sonnets:
For the Baptist [0:59]
Fair is my yoke, though grievous be my pains. . . [0:57]
What doth it serve to see sun's burning face? [0:53]

Posted July 7, 2004 1730 GMT:

Lewis Carroll [1832-1898][British]
Jabberwocky (from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) [1:18]
You Are Old, Father William [1:39]

Posted July 6, 2004 1720 GMT:

Elizabethan Dramatist Thomas Dekker [1570?-1632]: another exact contemporary of Webster and Fletcher; see below.
Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes [recorded by the Beatles]
The Merry Month of May [1:00]

Posted July 6, 2004 0053 GMT:

Matthew Arnold [1822-1888][British]:
Dover Beach [1:45]
Memorial Verses April 1850 [3:26][for Wordsworth]

Posted July 5, 2004 1700 GMT:

W. H. Auden [1907-1973]British, then American]:
As I Walked Out One Evening
Elegy as featured in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral  [dedication of reading] [0:59]
In Memory of W. B. Yeats [3:23] [See also the Yeats page.]
Musee des Beaux Arts [1:15] [See also "Icarus" page.]

Posted July 5, 2004 0314 GMT:

James Stephens [1881-1950][Irish]:
In Waste Places
Hate [0:44]
Coming soon: In the Cool of the Evening;   I Heard a Bird at Dawn;   In the Poppy Field.

Posted July 4, 2004 2200 GMT:

John Webster [1578-1632][ English] An exact contemporary of John Fletcher, below, and like him, a dramatist.
A Land Dirge
("Call for the robin red-breast and the wren" [0:31]
All the Flowers of the Spring [0:43]
Hark, Now Everything Is Still
from The Duchess of Malfi

[no picture]

Posted July 3, 2004 1905 GMT:

John Fletcher [1579-1625] [British] A younger contemporary of Shakespeare and, like him, a dramatist.  Terse, colorful and bittersweet.
Melancholy [0:52]
Care-Charming Sleep [0:42]
Do Not Fear to Put Thy Feet [0:25]
Lay a Garland on My Hearse [0:25]
The "tragic sense of life" (Miguel de Unamuno) as it was known especially to the Elizabethans.
See the Day Begins to Break [0:29]

Posted July 2, 2004 2355 GMT:

Robert Herrick [1591-1674][English]:
One of the English metaphysical poets represented on
Eternitie [0:27]
The Poetry of Dress [1:25]
To Blossoms [0:39]
To Dianeme [0:32]

Posted July 1, 2004 1737 GMT:

Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-1882][American]:
Concord Hymn
Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose original profession and calling was as a Unitarian minister, left the ministry to pursue a career in writing and public speaking. Emerson became one of America's best known and best loved 19th century figures." --   I would call him Poet, Philosopher and Essayist in that order.  - W.R .E.

Posted July 1, 2004 0002 GMT:

Adelaide Crapsey [1878-1914] [American]  Eight cinquains (five-line formal successor to the four-line quatrain), derived in literary form from the five-line Japanese waka, the parent of the three-line haiku form (for which latter, see my own example, below.)  To understand this kind of poetry better, read a few haiku by each of the three classical poets: Basho, Buson and Sesshu.  A web search will lead you to them.
Part One (Triad, Dirge & Lonely Death) [1:22][Triad is her most famous cinquain]
Part Two (November Night, Moon Shadows & The Guarded Wound) [0:50]
Part Three (Amaze, The Warning [1:00] & an example from Percy Bysshe Shelley, embedded in his To a Skylark) [3:44]

Hear Carl Sandburg [1878-1967]: Adelaide Crapsey from Cornhuskers, 1918 [0:54] [note]: The great North American Poet was responsible for making certain the beautiful young schoolteacher-poet (who died of complications of tuberculosis at age thirty seven) took her place in the pantheon of our best English language poets. - W.R.E.

Posted June 30, 2004 0100 GMT:  Origami executed in Adobe Photoshop 7.0 on June 30, 2004.  Haiku executed 1956.  Click HERE for audio version recorded June 30, 2004 0202 GMT  Walter Rufus Eagles [1934- ]

Posted June 29, 2004 1923 GMT:

Erasmus Darwin [1731-1802][English Poet, Scientist & Educator]:
Visit of Hope to Sydney Cove, near Botany Bay [1:47]
The poet was grandfather of Charles Darwin.  He was a rare polymath whose mind traveled over many areas of learning with permanent effect on each.   Click HERE to read an example of his thinking concerning evolution two generations before Charles Darwin. - W.R.E.

Posted June 28, 2004 1652 GMT:

Sassoon, Siegfried [1886-1967][British]:
A Whispered Tale [1918][0:55]; Repression of War Experience [1918][2:11];
The Poet as Hero [1918][0:52] and Counter-Attack [1918][2:25]
Listen to Wilfrid Owen's Wild with All Regrets dedicated to Siegfried Sassoon [2:21].  Like Robert Graves, Sassoon survived the war and went on to develop his poetic talent.  More's the pity that these did not: Wilfrid Owen, Rupert Brooke, Joyce Kilmer, Alan Seeger, John McCrae, W. N. Hodgson, Isaac Rosenberg and Edward Thomas.  Visit the memorial for these War Dead Poets and also British, American and Canadian War Poets. - W.R.E.

Posted June 28, 2004 0355 GMT:

Charles Hamilton Sorley
[1895-1915][KIA, WWI][British]:
Two Sonnets
When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead [0:48]
Visit British, American and Canadian War Poets
Memorial: War Dead Poets
Listen to a poem for Sorley written by Robert Graves, Sorley's Weather.  Damned shame, the loss of this young man at the age of 20!  Oh"War, and the pity of war. . ." - Wilfrid Owen.     - W.R.E.

Posted June 27, 2004 0145 GMT:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge [1772-1834] [British]:
Kubla Khan [2:31]
Coleridge, like Keats, suffered great pain during his life and became addicted to opium, one of the early painkillers.  He claimed that this poem was written "under the influence."  Let it be noted that in his time, the circumstances of his life and his addiction were not unusual.  - W.R.E.

Posted June 26, 2004 1531 GMT:

T. S. Eliot [1888-1965][American, then British]: The more serious side of Eliot:  - W.R.E.
The Death of St. Narcissus [2:06]
Journey of the Magi [2:17]
La Figlia Che Piange (The Weeping Girl) [1:13]
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock [6:41]
Morning at the Window [0:32]

Posted June 25, 2004 2156 GMT:

T. S. Eliot [1888-1965]:Three Poems from The Old Possum+'s Book of Practical Cats
The Naming of Cats
The Old Gumbie Cat

Old Deuteronomy

A pseudonym employed by Eliot based on a nickname ('The Old Possum') given to him by his friend Ezra Pound.  Tomorrow, the more serious side of Eliot.  - W.R.E.

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For if we may compare infinities, it would seem to require a greater infinity of power to cause the causes of effects, than to cause the effects themselves. This idea is analogous to to the improving excellence observable in every part of the creation; such as in the prgressive increase of the solid or habitable parts of the earth from water; and in the progressive increase of the wisdom and happiness of its inhabitants; and is consonant to the idea of our present siutation being a state of probation, which by our exertion we may improve, and are consequently responsible for our actions. [Erasmus Darwin, Zoonomia, vol. 1 (London: 1794) 509.]

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