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Poetry Recordings

‘Truly fine poetry must be read aloud.’

– Jorge Luis Borges, short-story writer and poet

Professional recordings of well-loved poetry to breathe life into study and fully engage students with the subtle complexities of the art form. Provided on CD, these readings can be played in class or uploaded onto a VLE.

  • Familiarise students with key aspects of poetry including metre, rhyme and rhythm
  • Beautifully read aloud by experienced West End actors!
  • Recordings include female and male readers and Scottish, English and American accents where possible.

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Excellent quality. We ordered this because we wanted to introduce high quality readings to our pupils.

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Love Poetry Through the AgesJohn KeatsChristina RossettiJohn DonneThe Rime of the Ancient MarinerRobert BrowningAlfred TennysonScars Upon my HeartThe General Prologue to the Canterbury TalesThe Oxford Book of War PoetryThomas HardyUp the Line to DeathWilfred OwenLyrical BalladsPre-1800 Pastoral Poetry

Love Poetry Through the Ages

14 poems, 20 minutes on one CD:
  1. Whoso List to Hunt by Thomas Wyatt
  2. Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
  3. The Flea by John Donne
  4. To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
  5. The Scrutiny by Richard Lovelace
  6. Absent from Thee by John Wilmot by Earl of Rochester
  1. The Garden of Love by William Blake
  2. Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns
  3. She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron
  4. Remember by Christina Rossetti
  1. The Ruined Maid by Thomas Hardy
  2. At an Inn by Thomas Hardy
  3. La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats
  4. Non sum Qualis eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson

John Keats

4 poems, 98 minutes on three CDs:
  1. Lamia
  2. Isabella
  3. La Belle Dame Sans Merci
  4. The Eve of St Agnes

Christina Rossetti

37 poems, 90 minutes on two CDs:
  1. A Better Resurrection
  2. A Birthday
  3. A Dumb Friend
  4. A Royal Princess
  5. After Death
  6. An Apple-Gathering
  7. Another Spring
  8. Cousin Kate
  9. Despised and Rejected
  10. Echo
  11. Goblin Market
  12. Good Friday
  13. In An Artist's Studio
  1. In the Round Tower of Jhansi
  2. In The Willow Shade
  3. Jessie Cameron
  4. Maude Clare
  5. My Dream
  6. No, Thank You John
  7. On the Wing
  8. Promises like Piecrust
  9. Remember
  10. Shut Out
  11. Sister Maude
  12. 'Song' (Oh roses for the flush of youth)
  13. 'Song' ('When I am dead…)
  1. Spring Quiet
  2. Summer is Ended
  3. Symbols
  4. The Convent Threshold
  5. The Key-Note
  6. The Lowest Place
  7. The World
  8. To Lalla, reading my verses topsy-turvy
  9. Twice
  10. Uphill
  11. Winter: My Secret

John Donne

30 Poems, 74 minutes on two CDs:
  1. A Hymn To God The Father
  2. A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day
  3. A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
  4. A Valediction of Weeping
  5. Air and Angels
  6. Elegy XVII: Elegy On His Mistress
  7. Elegy XX: To His Mistress Going to Bed
  8. Holy Sonnets: Sonnet IV
  9. Holy Sonnets: Sonnet VII
  10. Holy Sonnets: Sonnet X
  1. Holy Sonnets: Sonnet XIV
  2. Holy Sonnets: Sonnet XIX
  3. Holy Sonnets: Sonnet XVIII
  4. Love's Alchemy
  5. Love's Growth
  6. Song: Go and Catch a Falling Star
  7. Song: Sweetest Love I Do Not Go
  8. The Anniversary
  9. The Apparition
  10. The Canonization
  1. The Ecstacy
  2. The Flea
  3. The Funeral
  4. The Good Morrow
  5. The Indifferent
  6. The Legacy
  7. The Relic
  8. The Sunne Rising
  9. Twickenham Garden
  10. Woman's Constancy

Thomas Hardy

22 poems, 34 minutes on one CD:
  1. A Broken Appointment
  2. Afterwards
  3. At an Inn
  4. At Castle Boterel
  5. Beeny Cliff
  6. Beyond the Last Lamp
  7. Drummer Hodge
  8. During Wind and Rain
  1. From Men Who March Away (Song of the Soldiers)
  2. In Time of The Breaking of Nations
  3. Neutral Tones
  4. The Convergence of the Twain
  5. The Darkling Thrush
  6. The Going
  7. The Haunter
  8. The Man He Killed
  1. The Oxen
  2. The Ruined Maid
  3. The Voice
  4. Transformations
  5. Under the Waterfall
  6. Your Last Drive

Wilfred Owen

22 poems, 47 minutes on one CD:
  1. A Terre
  2. Anthem for Doomed Youth
  3. Apologia Pro Poemate Meo
  4. Arms and the Boy
  5. Conscious
  6. Disabled
  7. Dulce et Decorum est
  8. Exposure
  1. Futility
  2. Insensibility
  3. Inspection
  4. Mental Cases
  5. Miners
  6. Spring Offensive
  7. Strange Meeting
  8. The Chances
  1. The Dead-Beat
  2. The Last Laugh
  3. The Letter
  4. The Send-Off
  5. The Sentry
  6. The Show

Alfred Tennyson

7 poems, 40 minutes on one CD:
  1. The Lotos-Eaters
  2. Choric Song
  3. Ulysses
  4. Tithonus
  1. Godiva
  2. The Lady of Shalott
  3. Mariana

Scars Upon my Heart

18 poems, 30 minutes on one CD:
  1. 'From A Trench' by Maude Anna Bell
  2. 'Drafts' by Nora Bomford
  3. 'A Volunteer' by Helen Parry Eden
  4. 'The Wykehamist' by Nora Griffiths
  5. 'Convalescence' by Amy Lowell
  6. 'The Cenotaph, September 1919' by Charlotte Mew
  7. 'May, 1915' by Charlotte Mew
  1. June, 1915 by Charlotte Mew
  2. 'In A Restaurant, 1917' by Eleanour Norton
  3. 'The Minority: 1917' by May O'Rourke
  4. 'SALL, (In Aid of the Wounded Horses)' by Inez Quilter (Aged 11 years)
  5. 'Y.M.C.A.' by C. A. L. T.
  6. 'Spring in War-Time' by Sara Teasdale
  1. 'There will come soft rains' by Sara Teasdale
  2. 'The Broken Soldier' by Katherine Tynan
  3. 'A Girl's Song' by Katherine Tynan
  4. 'Joining the Colours' (West Kents, Dublin, August 1914) by Katherine Tynan
  5. 'Autumn, 1914' by Mary Webb

The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

27 parts, 48 minutes on one CD:
  1. The Opening
  2. The Knight
  3. The Squire
  4. The Yeoman
  5. The Prioress
  6. The Monk
  7. The Friar
  8. The Merchant
  9. The Clerk of Oxford
  1. The Sergeant of Law
  2. The Franklin
  3. The Haberdasher
  4. The Cook
  5. The Shipman
  6. The Doctor of Physic
  7. The Wife of Bath
  8. The Poor Parson
  9. The Ploughman
  1. The Miller
  2. The Manciple
  3. The Reeve
  4. The Summoner
  5. The Pardoner
  6. The Scene is Set
  7. The Host Harry Bailey
  8. The Conditions of the Competition
  9. The Pilgrims Depart, The Game Begins

Pre-1800 Pastoral Poetry

10 poems, 64 minutes on one CD:
  1. 'The Garden' by Andrew Marvell
  2. 'The Mower, Against Glow Worms' by Andrew Marvell
  3. 'The Mower's Song' by Andrew Marvell
  4. 'The Mower to the Glow Worms' by Andrew Marvell
  1. 'Damon the Mower' by Andrew Marvell
  2. Paradise Lost Book IX Lines 192-269 by John Milton
  3. 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' by Thomas Gray
  1. 'Ode to Evening' by William Collins
  2. 'The Deserted Village' by Oliver Goldsmith
  3. 'Tintern Abbey' by William Wordsworth

The Oxford Book of War Poetry

34 poems, 62 minutes on two CDs:
  1. 'Men Who March Away' by Thomas Hardy
  2. 'In Time of The Breaking of Nations' by Thomas Hardy
  3. 'Peace' by Rupert Brooke
  4. 'The Dead' by Rupert Brooke
  5. 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke
  6. 'Into Battle' by Julian Grenfell
  7. 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae
  8. 'All the hills and vales along' by Charles Sorley read in an English accent
  9. 'All the hills and vales along' by Charles Sorley read in a Scottish accent
  10. 'When you see millions of the mouthless dead' by Charles Sorley read in an English accent
  11. 'When you see millions of the mouthless dead' by Charles Sorley read in an Scottish accent
  1. 'Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries' by A. E. Housman
  2. 'An Irish Airman Foresees His Death' by W. B. Yeats
  3. 'In Memoriam' (August 1915) by Edward Thomas
  4. 'The Cherry Trees' by Edward Thomas
  5. 'Rain' by Edward Thomas
  6. 'As the Team's Head Brass' by Edward Thomas
  7. 'To His Love' by Ivor Gurney
  8. 'Ballad of the Three Spectres' by Ivor Gurney
  9. 'The Silent One' by Ivor Gurney
  10. 'On Receiving News of the War' by Isaac Rosenberg
  11. 'August 1914' by Isaac Rosenberg
  12. 'Break of Day in the Trenches' by Isaac Rosenberg
  1. 'Dead Man's Dump' by Isaac Rosenberg
  2. 'Returning, We Hear the Larks' by Isaac Rosenberg
  3. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen
  4. 'Dulce et Decorum est' by Wilfred Owen
  5. 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen
  6. 'Insensibility' by Wilfred Owen
  7. 'The Send-Off' by Wilfred Owen
  8. 'Futility' by Wilfred Owen
  9. 'Strange Meeting' by Wilfred Owen
  10. 'Elegy in a Country Churchyard' by G. K. Chesterton
  11. 'Epitaphs of the War' by Rudyard Kipling

Up the Line to Death

60 poems, 92 minutes on two CDs:
  1. From 'Men Who March Away (Song of the Soldiers)' Thomas Hardy
  2. 'Happy is England Now' John Freeman
  3. 'The Call' W. N. Hodgson
  4. 'England to her Sons' W. N. Hodgson
  5. 'Peace' Rupert Brooke
  6. 'Officer's Mess' Harold Monroe
  7. 'No One Cares Less Than I' Edward Thomas
  8. From an Untitled Poem ('Light-lipped and singing...') C. H. Sorley read with an English accent
  9. From an Untitled Poem ('Light-lipped and singing...') C. H. Sorley read with a Scottish accent
  10. Untitled ('All the hills and vales along...') C. H. Sorley read with an English accent
  11. Untitled ('All the hills and vales along...') C. H. Sorley read with a Scottish accent
  12. 'Magpies in Picardy' T. P. Cameron Wilson
  13. 'Soliloquy' Francis Ledwidge
  14. 'Before Action' W. N. Hodgson
  15. 'The Aisne' Alan Seegar
  16. 'Rendezvous' Alan Seegar
  17. 'A Listening Post' R. E. Vernède
  18. 'Before the Summer' E. A. Mackintosh
  1. 'Into Battle' Julian Grenfell
  2. 'Chemin des Dames' Crosbie Garstin
  3. 'This is no Case of Petty Right or Wrong' Edward Thomas
  4. Untitled ('When you see millions...') C. H. Sorley read with an English accent
  5. Untitled ('When you see millions...') C. H. Sorley read with a Scottish accent
  6. 'To Germany' C. H. Sorley read with an English accent
  7. 'To Germany' C. H. Sorley read with a Scottish accent
  8. 'The Dead' Rupert Brooke
  9. 'The Anxious Dead' John McCrae
  10. 'In Flanders Fields' John McCrae
  11. 'An Irish Airman foresees his Death' W. B. Yeats
  12. 'On the Wings of the Morning' Jeffrey Day
  13. 'Outward Bound' Nowell Oxland
  14. Untitled ('I saw a man this morning...') Patrick Shaw-Stewart
  15. 'Mesapotamia' Rudyard Kipling
  16. 'Bombed in London' Rudyard Kipling
  17. 'The War Films' Sir Henry Newbolt
  18. 'The Verdicts (Jutland)' Rudyard Kipling
  19. 'Nineteen-fifteen' John Drinkwater
  20. 'In Time of 'The Breaking of Nations' Thomas Hardy
  1. 'From the Somme' Leslie Coulson
  2. 'Kismet' R. B. Marriott-Watson
  3. 'In Memoriam' E. A. Mackintosh
  4. 'To My Daughter Betty' T. M. Kettle
  5. 'How Long, O Lord?' Robert Palmer
  6. 'Returning, we hear the Larks' Isaac Rosenberg
  7. 'The Dying Soldier' Isaac Rosenberg
  8. 'Break of Day in the Trenches' Isaac Rosenberg
  9. 'A Death-bed' Rudyard Kipling
  10. 'Recruiting' E. A. Mackintosh
  11. 'Home Thoughts in Laventie' E. W. Tennant
  12. 'The Mad Soldier' E. W. Tennant
  13. 'Louse Hunting' Isaac Rosenberg
  14. 'Dead Man's Dump' Isaac Rosenberg
  15. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' Wilfred Owen
  16. 'Exposure' Wilfred Owen
  17. 'The Sentry' Wilfred Owen
  18. 'Strange Meeting' Wilfred Owen
  19. 'Dulce et Decorum est' Wilfred Owen
  20. 'A Dead Statesman' Rudyard Kipling
  21. 'Here Dead we Lie' A. E. Housman
  22. 'Common Form' Rudyard Kipling

Lyrical Ballads

4 poems, 10 parts, 85 minutes on two CDs:
  1. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  2. Goody Blake and Harry Gill
  3. The Idiot Boy
  4. The Thorn

Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge

7 parts, 38 minutes on two CDs.

Robert Browning

34 poems, 138 minutes on three CDs:
  1. A Grammarian's Funeral
  2. A Toccata of Galuppi's
  3. A Woman's Last Word
  4. Apparent Failure
  5. Confessions
  6. Dubiety
  7. Evelyn Hope
  8. Fra Lippo Lippi
  9. Home-Thoughts, From Abroad
  10. 'How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix'
  11. James Lee's Wife: III - In the Doorway
  1. Love Among the Ruins
  2. Love in a Life
  3. Life in a Love
  4. Meeting at Night
  5. My Last Duchess
  6. Never the Time and the Place
  7. Now
  8. Parting at Morning
  9. Pictor Ignotus
  10. Porphyria's Lover
  11. Prospice
  12. Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
  1. The Bishop Orders his Tomb
  2. The Laboratory
  3. The Last Ride Together
  4. The Lost Leader
  5. The Lost Mistress
  6. The Patriot
  7. The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  8. Two in the Campagna
  9. Up at a Villa, Down in the City
  10. Women and Roses
  11. You'll Love Me Yet