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

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poetry for the ear in the tradition of blind Homer 

The music you are now hearing is "Barely Breake" (Musica Britannica 92), by William Byrd, a contemporary of Shakespeare.  The work was sequenced by Canadian harpsichordist John Sankey, to whom I owe a debt of gratitude for his kind permission to use all of his many recordings on

POEMA AD LIBITUM, Fortnight III (July 9 - July 22, 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

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Posted July 22, 2004 0040 GMT

William Butler Yeats
These are the Clouds of Green Helmet (1910) [0:55]
To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing [0:37]
Down by the Salley Gardens [0:44]
A final sampler from Yeats.

Posted July 21, 2004 1610 GMT

William Butler Yeats [1865-1939]: "That is no country for old men. . ."
When You Are Old [0:43]
Where My Books Go [0:26]
The Wild Swans at Coole [1:21]
The Song of Wandering Aengus [1:03]
Sailing to Byzantium [1:31]
Lake Isle of Innesfree [3rd recording] [1:10]
Another sampler from the Irish Nobel laureate.


Posted July 20, 2004 0315 GMT:

William Butler Yeats [1865-1939]: "Three Roses. . ."
To the Secret Rose [1:58]
The Rose in the Deeps of His Heart [0:45]
The Rose of Battle [2:16]
A sampler from the Irish Nobel laureate.

Posted July 19, 2004 0545 GMT:

Edmund Spenser [1552-1599] [prolific English poet and sonneteer]
Sonnet: Easter [0:52]
My recording of Prothalamion is in process, as well as samples from The Faerie Queene.

Posted July 18, 2004 0001 GMT:

Sir Philip Sidney [1554-1586]
Come, Sleep, O Sleep [1:00]
My True Love Hath My Heart and I Have His [0:39]
Loving in Truth [1:01]
With How Sad Steps, O Moon [1:00]
Hear also Sir Edward Dyer, below.  Another friend's poetry will be heard tomorrow (Spenser).  A courtier and a knight upon the field as well, he died of wounds suffered in a skirmish against the Spanish in 1586, having taken a musket shot in the thigh that festered unto death twenty two days later. In his life he was a prolific sonneteer in the Petrarchan mode. - W.R.E.

Posted July 17, 2004 0001 GMT:

Sir Edward Dyer [1543-1607]
A Modest Love [0:46]
My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is [1:39]
An Elizabethan poet who was friend to Sir Philip Sidney (above) and Edmund Spenser, Dyer was celebrated in his day as an elegist. He was knighted and made Chancellor of the Order of the Garter by Elizabeth I in 1596.  His best-known poem is “My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is.”  [from InfoPlease]

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Posted July 16, 2004 0223 GMT:

Richard Lovelace:[1618-1657]
One of the English metaphysical poets represented on
To Althea from Prison [1:16]
To Amarantha, That She Would Dishevel Her Hair [0:51]
To Lucasta on Going beyond the Seas [0:48]
To Lucasta on Going to the Wars [0:32]

Posted July 15, 2004 0024 GMT:

Robert Browning [1812-1889][British]
Memorabilia [0:43]                Pippa's Song [0:19]
My Last Duchess [2:59]      Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister [3:08]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
[1806-1861][British] Sonnets From the Portuguese
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . . [0:52] 
If thou must love me. . . [0:54]
I thought once how Theocritus had sung. . . [0:58]
When our two souls stand up erect and strong. . . [0:54]

Posted July 14, 2004 0024 GMT:

The sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay  [1882-1950][American]
I do but ask that you be always fair
I shall go back again to the bleak shore [0:46]
Love is not all [0:51]

If I should learn, in some quite casual way [0:46] 
[1:06] [Not a sonnet]

Millay was a Vassar student of literature well known for her independence.  Upon graduation, she moved to Greenwich Village and lived a bohemian life.  In 1934 she became involved in the infamous case of Sacco & Vanzetti, upon the occasion of the execution of whom she wrote a pair of sonnets in their memory and in condemnation of the "system" she believed had perpetrated a miscarriage of justice. She had several intense relationships with both men and women at Vassar and afterwards in the Village, but married a man who became her manager, the feminist Eugen Boissevain, with whom she lived in an open marriage until his death in 1949.  Her own death followed the next year.   - W.R.E.

Posted July 13, 2004 0115 GMT:

George Gordon, Lord Byron [1788-1824]
She Walks in Beauty, Like the Night [0:53]
There Be None of Beauty's Daughters [0:41]
So We'll Go No More a-Roving [0:36]          
A Spirit Passed before Me
Love and Death [his last poem] [1:27] Byron died fighting for Greek independence  - W.R.E.

Posted July 12, 2004 0200 GMT:

Algernon Charles Swinburne [1837-1909][British poet, playwright, scholar and translator]
Chorus from Atalanta in Calydon [2:47][Swinburne's own play]
Cor Cordium [0:52][from an inscription on Shelley's gravestone]
Sestina [2:09]
Click HERE for an explanation of this difficult French poetic form.
To a Cat [2:27]
Listen to related poetry -- excerpts from The Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.
A Ballad of Francois Villon [2:17]
Click HERE for an explanation of this variable French poetic form.
Coming soon: Sapphics, a technical tour de force in the difficult Greek meter employed by Sappho, and The Garden of Proserpine.  Swinburne's poetic output was so large that it is impossible even to sample it with any hope of thereby casting an understanding light on his work as a whole.  A neglected poet, Swinburne was the first truly modern English poet, who was castigated by the Victorian critics on moral grounds.  - W.R.E.

Posted July 11, 2004 0524 GMT:

Rudyard Kipling [1865-1936][British]
If [1:50]
A Death-Bed [2:02]
The first poem  is perhaps the most well-known didactic poem in English.  The second poem came out of Kipling's war experiences during the First World War.  Born, like Yeats, in 1865, Kipling lived almost as long as he did (shy of three years) -- and like Yeats accomplished a rather large literary output.  Both were Nobel laureates. - W.R.E.

Posted July 10, 2004 2227 GMT:

Nicholas Breton [1555?-1626][Elizabethan poet]
An Assurance [0:54]
Phillida and Coridon [1:02]
The Passionate Shepherd [1:06]

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Posted July 10, 2004 0109 GMT:

Emily Bronte [1818-1848][British]
Often Rebuked [1:10]                    No Coward Soul Is Mine [1:29]
How Clear She Shines [2:01]     
A Death Scene [2:09]

Posted July 9, 2004 2157 GMT:

D. H. Lawrence [1885-1930][British novelist, poet, and continental & world traveler]
Piano [0:58]
Quite Forsaken [0:43]
Snake [4:15]
[prose poem, written in Italy]

Posted July 9, 2004 0012 GMT:

Thomas Campion [1567-1620] [British lutenist, composer and poet] 
Follow Your Saint [0:48]                                    There Is A Garden In Her Face [0:57]  
Thrice Toss These Oaken Ashes [0:48]       
When to Her Lute Corinna Sings [0:40]
Campion was as fluent in writing songs as in writing poetry, and was a musical performer as well, even to the extent of entertaining Queen Elizabeth. - W.R.E.

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