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William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present ARGO Classics, a historic catalogue of classic fiction read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly abridged and remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. A collection of the greatest poetry from the Romantic period, the battlefield, and the Victorian era, read by some of the 20th century’s most renowned actors. Themes of war, love, nature, sexuality, and much more are played out in these timeless readings of poetry from the 19th and 20th century. Performed by Sir John Gielgud; Richard Burton; William Squire; Richard Marquand; Peggy Ashcroft; Margaretta Scott; Tony Church; Derek Godfrey; Patrick Garland; Gary Watson; Margaretta Scott; and Janette Richer; Gwen Watford; and David King. This collection includes poems from: • William Wordsworth • Samuel Taylor Coleridge • William Blake • Thomas Hardy • WB Yeats • Robert Browning • Lord Alfred Tennyson • Christina Rossetti • Lord Byron • Wilfred Owen • Siegfried Sassoon • Percy Bysshe Shelley • John Keats • Gerard Manley Hopkins • Dante Gabriel Rossetti • Ted HughesShow more
William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present ARGO Classics, a historic catalogue of classic fiction read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly abridged and remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. A collection of the greatest war poetry ever written, read by some of the 20th century’s most renowned actors. Tragedy, war, and humanity are played out in these timeless readings of poetry written about, or on, the battlefield. Performed by Sir John Gielgud; Peter Orr; Gwen Watford; and David King. This collection includes poems from: • Thomas Hardy • WB Yeats • Wilfred Owen • Siegfried Sassoon • Ted Hughes • Edward Shanks • Robert Nicholls • WN Hodgson • Patrick Mac Gill • Julian Grenfell • Edmund Blunden • Edgell Rickword • David Jones • Robert Graves • E A Mackintosh • Edward Thomas • Isaac Rosenberg • Rupert Brooke • Ivor Gurney • CH Sorley • John Masefield • Edward Lucie-Smith • Willougby Weaving • John McRae • IA Williams • David Gascoyne • Henry Reed • C Day Lewis • Stephen Spender • Dylan Thomas • Louis Max Niece • Alan Ross • Sidney Keyes • Ruthven Todd • Michael Roberts • John Betjeman • Alun Lewis • Roy Fuller • Charles Causley • Keith Douglas • Herbert Read • Patric Dickinson • Hugh MacDiarmidShow more
Love. What is love?The question is asked by each of us but the answer remains elusive. Dictionaries summon up many words but none fulfill. Love itself is often ethereal, felt but only seen in a glance, a look, a fleeting touch. Part of Love’s beauty is perhaps in the fact that the question never can be adequately answered; its ephemeral, a chimera of the heart and only felt. Our own experiences are unique and personal to ourselves and of little help defining it for another.Love is perhaps best expressed through poetry. As Plato said 2500 years ago “At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet”. Writing a love poem for ones’ partner is seen as the most romantic of gestures. It opens our hearts to another's. Lovers love.Here, in this volume history’s greatest poets convey thoughts, feelings and sentiments of love to you in quick (or bite-size) conversations of verse that can slip into your day and your partner's heart.Show more
War may be rationalized as 'diplomacy by other means' but the reality is that when tribes, Nations and peoples bring themselves into armed conflict with one another mayhem, terror and slaughter are the result.In the First World War, The Great War, The War to End all Wars any idealistic aims that it was a 'just cause' and would be all over in a few months were shattered against the vast scale of millions dead or wounded all for the often temporary gains of a few miles of shell-pocked mud. Human bodies were of little more value than the bullets and shells which mowed them down.In this series of poetry volumes we look at the first world war from several viewpoints. From poets who died, often in battle, during its torturous years, to the women who write of war and its consequences as well as an anthology of those poets, some still of fame, and some now forgotten with only their words to bear witness for what they have experienced. Each has an individual point of view that bears its own truth.For the poets who fought in this conflict their first hand accounts often came at a terrible and irrevocable price. In this volume we collect together the works of many poets who died during this tumultuous time. Whilst their lives were cut tragically short their words endure. This volume comes to you from Portable Poetry, a specialized imprint from Deadtree Publishing. Our range is large and growing and covers single poets, themes, and many compilations.Show more
In the War a great volume of poetry was written, produced and published in books, periodicals, newspapers or letters back to home. We often think of War as a necessity. We fight for a more just and better world. We often fail. But in our poets we gain a truth and a morality that shocks us, consoles us and holds our values to the light. In this volume we hear poems from the front, from home, from soldiers, from auxiliaries, from friend and from foe.War and poetry seem somehow alien to each other. How can the horror and slaughter of war become any more real and terrifying, visceral and tender in the words of poets?The Great War, World War I, the War to End All Wars, was a stain on humanity and the nations who fought in it. Millions killed or wounded for aims and principles that, for many, are difficult to accept in the modern age.The poet as a soldier has happened throughout history but not to the level of the men in this volume. Today we are used to 'embedded journalists' who report direct from the frontline. Here we have 'embedded poets' who report from the frontline in a unique and inspiring way. Their words, often raw, emotional, angry, despairing yet eloquent, moving, suffused with a hope that we are all capable of more despite the futility and carnage around them. These poets including Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, John McCrae, Edward Thomas and several others, including the German Alfred Lichtenstein, lost their lives in the years of war on which they had so eloquently and intensely written. Their lost lives adding to the toll that war makes us all less whole, less worthy of attaining what we should raise ourselves to be.Show more
Wilfred Owen was born on 18th March 1893 at Plas Wilmot, near Oswestry in Shropshire, the eldest of four children WilfredÕs education was initially at the Birkenhead Institute and then later at Shrewsbury Technical school.His mothers strong Anglican views passed through to Wilfred and the bible along with books on the Romantic Poets, particularly John Keats were particular favourites and contributed to his initial devotion to the Church.By 1909 Wilfred was a pupil-teacher at the Wyle Cop school in Shrewsbury and two years later he passed the matriculation exam for the University of London. Unfortunately first class honours were required for a scholarship and this he did not achieve which meant he was not eligible for a scholarship; his only means of being able to afford to attend.Wilfred now needed to complete his education by a different route. In return for free lodging, Wilfred worked as lay assistant to the Vicar of Dunsden near Reading. During this time he attended classes at University College, Reading, in botany and later Old English. He now became disillusioned with the Church, both in its ceremony and its failure to provide aid for those most in need.In 1913 Wilfred began work as a private tutor teaching English and French at the Berlitz School of Languages in Bordeaux, France, and later with a family. With the dark shadows of war beginning to envelop Europe many prepared for a future in the Services. But Wilfred did not rush to enlist but he did return to England.On 21st October 1915, Wilfred enlisted with the Artists' Rifles Officers' Training Corps. For the next seven months, he trained at Hare Hall Camp in Essex. On 4th June 1916 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment. Initially, he was discouraged by his troops behaviour, holding them in contempt for their loutish ways. Writing to his Mother he described them as "expressionless lumps". The War now was to change his life dramatically in a series of sharp, traumatic shocks; he fell into a shell hole and suffered concussion; he was blown high into the air by a trench mortar, and spent several days lying out on an embankment in Savy Wood amongst (he thought) the remnants of a fellow officer. Soon afterwards, Owen was diagnosed as suffering from neurasthenia or shell shock and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh for treatment. It was while recuperating here that he met and befriended fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon. This encounter was to again transform his young life.In November he was discharged from Craiglockhart and judged fit for light regimental duties. He spent a contented and fruitful winter in Scarborough, and in March 1918 was posted to Ripon where he composed a number of poems, including "Futility" and "Strange Meeting". His last birthday, his 25th, was spent quietly at Ripon Cathedral.At the height of summer 1918 Owen returned to active service, although he might have stayed on home-duty indefinitely. On 1st October 1918 Owen led units of the Second Manchesters to storm enemy strong points near the village of Joncourt. For his courage and leadership there he was awarded the Military Cross, an award he had always sought in order to justify himself as a war poet.Germany was now struggling to contain the Allies advance and the end of the war was now in sight. However Wilfred would not live to see Europe at peace. He was killed in action on 4th November 1918 during the crossing of the SambreÐOise Canal, one week before the Armistice. His mother received the telegram informing her sonÕs death on November 11th, Armistice Day, as the church bells were ringing out the end of hostilities. Wilfred Owen is buried at Ors Communal Cemetery. This volume comes to you from Portable Poetry, a specialized imprint from Deadtree Publishing. Our range is large and growing and covers single poets, themes, and many compilations.Show more
Sometimes we just want the best. But that involves choices, judgements, decisions. And that all depends on our feelings, our mood at the time.Even more so with Poetry. Would we like a little more pathos, or love, or humour with that? Can we only choose one Keats? And ÕIfÕ? Surely Kipling wrote something else?So difficult to decide. This one or that? Is it easier to choose your fifty favourite poets or your fifty favourite poems?The argument can go on forever, certainly a few days. However what we can all agree on is that poets have a way with words that almost all of us respect and admire and canÕt compete with. Who hasnÕt wanted to quote some favourite lines to make a better point?In this volume we made those choices, judgements and decisions for you. Some you will love. Maybe not today but tomorrow. Others may not initially be your cup of tea. But they will all make you think and bring you closer to something..Éor someone. This volume comes to you from Portable Poetry, a specialized imprint from Deadtree Publishing. Our range is large and growing and covers single poets, themes, and many compilations.Show more
Wales - The Poetry Of - An Introduction. This proud nation with it's long history; sometimes rough, hewn from bleak landscapes, sometimes gently soft from its comforting voices has produced a long succession of artists and poets. In the latter category Louis MacNeice most probably stands pre-eminent, his words and phrasing are on a plane few can equal and most are in awe of. But in this volume we do put forward others who have their own words and voice to add to this rich tapestry. Wilfred Owen, Henry Vaughan, George Herbert and Edward Thomas amongst them.Show more
"If music be the food of love, play on" was one of Shakespeare's finest lines. If music is food, then poetry is the wine. In this volume of classic love poetry, the flavoured capture of words and rhythms makes us think more carefully of words and their value to us. They also surprise us with their structure and meaning, layering in thoughts and emotions that we might otherwise shy away from. Poems are wonderful ways to express what we feel for a very special someone. Narrated by Stella Gonet , David Shaw-Parker , Ghizela Rowe , Tim Graham , Alex JenningsShow more
April - the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar heralds Spring in earnest and of course April Showers and perhaps other unsettled weather. For out poets including Owen, Stevenson, Van Dyke, Hardy and Shelley the month provides a rich source for them to muse upon. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe. The tracks are; April - An Introduction; An April Fool By Alfred Austin; Child's Talk In April By Christina Georgina Rossetti; An April Day By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Love Like An April Day Beguiles By James Bland Burgess; The Famous Speech Maker Of England Or Baron Lovel's Charge At The Assizes At Exon April 5th 1710 By Jonathan Swift; An April Love By Alfred Austin; April By Sara Teasdale; My April Lady By Henry Van Dyke; April 1844 By Henry Alford; Elegy In April and September By Wilfred Owen; Home Thoughts From Abroad By Robert Browning; Rome - Building A New Street in The Ancient Quarter, April 1887 By Thomas Hardy; Over The Lands In April By Robert Louis Stevenson; Stanzas April 1814 By Shelley; On A Nightingale In April By William Sharpe; Here By The Brimming April Streams By Phillip Savage; The Idlers Calendar - April - Trout Fishing By William Scawen Blunt; April By John Bannister Tabb; Sonnet To April By Henry Kirk White; A Petition To April, Written During Sickness By Susanna Blamire; It Was An April Morning Fresh And Clear By William Wordsworth; The Soul Of April By Bliss William Carman; April Evening, France, April 1916 By John William Streets; Under The April Moon By Bliss William Carman; April By Algernon Charles Swinburne.Show more
1. Diary Entries 4. In Flanders Fields 5. Preface: Poems by Wilfred Owen 6. Strange Meeting 7. Greater Love 8. Apologia pro Poemate Meo The Show 9. Mental Cases 10. Parable of the Old Men and the Young 11. Arms and the Boy 12. Anthem for Doomed Youth 13. The Send-off 14. Insensibility 15. Dulce et Decorum est 16. The Sentry 17. The Dead-Beat 18. Exposure 19. Spring Offensive 20. The Chances 21. S.I.W. 22. Futility 23. Smile, Smile, Smile 24. Conscious 25. A Terre 26. Qild with all Regrets 27. Disabled 28. The EndShow more
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