W. B. Yeats Naxos AudioBooks continues its new series of Great Poets, represented by collections of their most popular poems in one program. W. B. Yeats was one of the most beloved poets of the 20th century. He left a large legacy of outstanding poems, and the finest are collected here: "Down by the Salley Gardens", "The Lake Isle of Inisfree", "The Secret Rose", and "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven". They are read by a strong cast, led by Olivier award-winner Jim Norton.
Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, G. K. Chesterton, W. B. Yeats, John Donne, Daniel Sheehan, Ben Jonson & Rudyard Kipling Christmas, they say, comes but once a year. In these days, it seems to also last for much of that year - but this volume is not just for Christmas!
For the religious amongst us, this annual celebration of the Birth of Christ must seem bitter sweet: it's acknowledgment by billions of people, countered by the pervasive spread of material possessions translating the event to little more than a sales pitch for material wares. Most religions celebrate their founders, but Christianity seems somehow to have lost possession of one of its key rituals in an ever more secular West. The spread of globalisation seems to have hindered rather than helped the true meaning of the festival. Children today are much more interested in what presents they might receive than any spiritual message. As parents too, most of us buy into this and indulge our offspring rather than instil the underlying themes and aims of the festival's meaning common to us all.
In this collection, we rely on the words and wisdom of such fine poets as John Milton, Emily Dickinson, Sir Walter Scott, Daniel Sheehan, William Wordsworth, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and a whole host of others to absorb us in a Christmas time of hope and togetherness. The experiences and memories they share with us speak of a time, of a world that did have a common purpose and an ambition to share good fortune with everyone.
W. B. Yeats A remarkable short story by the Nobel Literature Prize winner W. B. Yeats, steeped in Irish magic and folklore.
When Red Hanrahan, the itinerant schoolmaster, drops into a remote barn where Irish farm labourers are drinking and singing, he receives a message from his sweetheart to make haste to her. Her mother has died and she must marry at once or be turned out of her home.
Red Hanrahan gets up to start immediately, but a strange old man sitting by the door delays him by starting a game of cards with him. As Hanrahan gets drawn into the card game, he finds himself increasingly mesmerized...and then strange magical events take over, and he finds himself wandering over the mountains following a mysterious dreamlike hunt.
John Keats, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, W. B. Yeats, Thomas Hardy, Percy Shelley, John Milton, Wilfred Owen & Kahlil Gilbran The finest voices reading a wonderful selection of poetry accompanied by selected classical music. Includes:
Sonnet XVIII - 'Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day' by William Shakespeare
'To Autumn' by John Keats
'Looking-Glass River' by Robert Louis Stevenson
'When Icicles Hang by the Walls' by William Shakespeare
'In Death Divided' by Thomas Hardy
'Lines Written in Early Spring' by William Wordsworth
'Speak to Us of Love' by Kahlil Gilbran
'The Wild Swans at Coole' by W.B.Yeats
'The Nocturnall' by John Donne
'L'Allegro' by John Milton
'Eskimo Love Song'
'To a Skylark' by Percy Shelley
'Spring Offensive' by Wilfred Owen
'The Souls of the Slain' by Thomas Hardy
H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edgar Allan Poe, Saki, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton & W. B. Yeats Ten extraordinary tales of terror, penned by the prolific horror masters of old, from Lovecraft's relentless "Rats in the Walls" and the view from Saki's "Open Window", to the guilt of Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" and the ghostly musings on greed of Wharton's "Afterward".
Narrated by Ian Gordon & Jennifer Gill of HorrorBabble.