The Australian Radio National program Poetica
recently broadcast two episodes of Jamaican Poetry, and it's a real delight to listen to these contemporary and archival recordings of Jamaican poets (from all over the world) reading their poetry, some with musical accompaniment. Episode 1
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"During his days as Harvard’s influential president, Dr. Charles W. Eliot made a frequent assertion: If you were to spend just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, a quantity that could fit on a five-foot shelf, you could give yourself a proper liberal education. Publisher P. F. Collier and Son
loved the idea and asked Eliot to compile and edit the right collection of works. The result: a 51-volume series of classic works from world literature published in 1909 called Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf
, which would later be called The Harvard Classics
." (Via) [more inside]
Daily readings (and podcasts) from the Complete Corpus of Anglo Saxon Poetry, presented by Prof. Michael Drout, Wheaton College. For those that like to read along, the Corpus presented in text
(no translation, though).
Spenser and the Tradition: English Poetry 1579-1830
is a mammoth database of English poetry and other writings that traces the influence of the great 16th-Century poet Edmund Spenser
on English poetry across 250 years. There are roughly 25000 different texts on the site, over 6000 poems
from famous classics
to obscure ephemera
, and further thousands of biographies
. Since it would take years to read all the material I am happy to say that there is a guide to navigating the database
, an overview of its contents
, a statistical summary
and an essay on tradition and innovation
. The immense database, which started life as a pile of index cards, was compiled largely by Virginia Tech Professor David Hill Radcliffe over the course of 17 years
400 years ago today, Thomas Thorpe
entered into the Stationers' Register
a book titled "Shake-Speares Sonnets"
. However, Clinton Heylin argues
that - like Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes
- the Sonnets
were never intended for a wide audience. "In both cases, they were killing time and at the same time dealing with huge personal issues in a private way, which they never conceived of coming out publicly."
Poetry International Web
opens today. "Hundreds of poems by acclaimed modern poets from all around the world, both in the original language and in English translation."