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  1. 10.2 hrs • 7/11/2016 • Unabridged

    Jane Austen’s last novel, “Persuasion,” tells the story of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth. Seven years after Anne rejects the man she loves after a family friend persuades her that he isn’t a good enough match for her, Frederick Wentworth returns to England looking for a wife. Jane Austen completed the manuscript of “Persuasion” in the summer of 1816. It was not published until after her death. Jane Austen’s poems were mostly occasional, light comic verses written to celebrate events, like a marriage or the birth of a child, to entertain family and friends. This delightful selection, with an introduction by Alison Larkin, ranges from “This Little Bag,” which Austen wrote on a tiny piece of paper placed in the pocket of a tiny bag she gave to her niece on Christmas night 1792, to “When Winchester Races,” written in July 1817, just three days before her death.

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    Persuasion and Poems

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  2. 0.9 hrs • 6/21/2016 • Abridged

    Jay Parini’s readings are always an event, but too rare. For the first time, Parini has recorded his best known and most recent poems in an audiobook that welcomes the listener to enter his universe, which revolves around his deep connection to nature and underlines his concerns about the impacts of pollution and climate change. The audiobook follows the pattern of his popular readings, with the poet introducing each poem with context and comments, invariably revealing and often amusing. In these beautiful, haunting poems, Parini writes about the landscapes of mining country, of the railroads of Pennsylvania, of farm country, of worlds lost, families dispersed, faith tried and contested. Poems include: 1) Over the River 2) West Mountain Epilogue 3) In the Library After Hours 4) Historiography 101 5) The Grammar of Affection 6) Unpatriotic Gore 7) Poem with Allusions 8) Lament of the Middle Man 9) Old Frogs 10) Blessings 11) After the Terror 12) I Was There 13) The President Eats Breakfast Alone 14) High School 15) At the Ruined Monastery in Amalfi 16) The Trees Are Gone 17) Rain Before Nightfall 18) Playing in the Mines 19) The Conversation in Oxford 20) The Missionary Visits Our Church in Scranton 21) Coal Train 22) Anthracite Country 23) Swimming in Late September 24) This Reaping 25) High Gannet 26) Creed 27) The Insomniac Thinks of God 28) History 29) The Art of Subtraction 30) Amores (After Ovid) 31) Borges in Scotland 32) The Lost Soldiers 33) Old Teams 34) Reading Through the Night 35) A Knock at Midnight

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    West Mountain Epilogue

    0.9 hrs • 6/21/16 • Abridged
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  3. 0.7 hrs • 9/28/2015 • Unabridged

    The just creator condescends to write, In beams of inextinguishable light, His names of wisdom, goodness, power, and love, On all that blooms below, or shines above; To catch the wandering notice of mankind, And teach the world, if not perversely blind

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    Hope

    0.7 hrs • 9/28/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.8 hrs • 5/13/2015 • Unabridged

    A delightful collection of classic poems that will delight young and old alike, including “How Beauty Contrived to Get Square with the Beast” by Guy Wetmore Carryl, “Nobody, Who Are You?” by Emily Dickinson, “Lochinvar” by Sir Walter Scott, “The Akond of Swat” by Edward Lear, and “The Eagle” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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    Favorite Poems for Children

    0.8 hrs • 5/13/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 0.5 hrs • 5/13/2015 • Unabridged

    Harry Graham was an English writer of light verse, popular fiction, and history. He is best remembered for his grotesque and humorous verses, which parody the children’s cautionary verses of his day. His most successful work was his series of hilariously cruel “Ruthless Rhymes”, first published in 1898 under the pseudonym Col. D. Streamer.

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    Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes

    0.5 hrs • 5/13/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.2 hrs • 1/6/2015 • Unabridged

    A collection of classic love poetry Composed by many of the world’s best known and most celebrated poets—including William Blake, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Robert Frost, James Joyce, Christina Rossetti, William Butler Yeats, and others—Valentines spans not only the ages, but the full range of passionate expression of love in all its forms and stages.

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    Valentines by Stefan Rudnicki

    Valentines

    Compiled and edited by Stefan Rudnicki
    Poems by various authors
    1.2 hrs • 1/6/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 1.2 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Abridged

    This anthology contains many of Rudyard Kipling’s most famous poems, including “If,” “Mandalay,” and “Gunga Din.” Though sometimes still regarded as a product of the colonial era, Kipling touches a very popular nerve in Britain’s literary tradition, and is regarded more generously now as a master of popular verse. It is often forgotten that he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907.

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  8. 2.6 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    The Rubá’iyát of Omar Khayyam, in the famous translation by Edward FitzGerald, remains one of the world’s most popular poems. Well received at the time, it also reveals the popularity of Victorian England’s fascination with the Orient. Here, the poem forms the main work in the first part of this recording, along with shorter poems by other leading Persian and Indian figures, including Rumi, Sa’di and Rabindranath Tagore. The second half is devoted to works written by Western poets on the theme of the East with “The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan,” an excerpt from Thomas Moore’s Lalla Rookh—one of the bestsellers of the early nineteenth century.

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    Poems of the Orient

    By Omar Khayyám, Rumi, Hafiz, and others
    Read by various narrators
    2.6 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 1.4 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Unabridged

    The Poetry of Flowers—An Introduction. The simple beauty of a single flower has the power to fascinate, captivate and delight us. Its fragrance can intoxicate and it remains a wonderful gift to give or receive. The vast varieties of flowers that exist provide an exceptional burst of vivid and subtle shades of colours inspiring a smooth transition from petal to paper for so many of our greatest poets including Wordsworth, Tennyson, Burns, Swinburne and Coleridge. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe

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    The Poetry of Flowers

    1.4 hrs • 2/26/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.9 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Unabridged

    This compiliation brings together some of the best poetry that Ireland can lay claim to, at times raw and at others sensuous and evocative. From Thomas Moore to Louis MacNeice through Katherine Tynan, John Millington Synge, Oscar Wilde, and the immortal W. B. Yeats alongside many others, this collection will not disappoint.

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    The Poetry of Ireland

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  11. 1.4 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Unabridged

    This volume of Victorian poetry illuminates the richness, beauty, and words of the poets and their musings on this remarkable age. Many of the poets herein are world-renowned—amongst them, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Kipling, and Hardy—while some like Coventry Patmore, Henry Newbolt, or Alice Meynell, are almost forgotten. Taken as a whole, they encompass a great poetical age. Volume 3 comprises authors Alice Meynell to W.B. Yeats.

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    Victorian Poetry, Vol. 3

    1.4 hrs • 2/26/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 1.1 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Unabridged

    Westminster Abbey has seen much during its long, rich history, from the coronations of kings and queens to the burials of prime ministers. However, it is also a church that remembers the men and women of the arts, dedicated writers and poets who spoke so eloquently that the nation wished to remember them with plaques upon the abbey’s walls so that all who traveled there could remember too. In these volumes, their wise words speak to and for us all. Westminster Memorials, Volume 2 features works by a range of authors from John Clare to D.H. Lawrence.

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    Westminster Memorials, Vol. 2

    1.1 hrs • 2/26/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 1.2 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Unabridged

    Georgian poetry is, by the strictest definition, work by poets who appear in a series of five anthologies named Georgian Poetry, published by Edward Marsh during the early reign of King George V. Five volumes which include works by some forty poets, ranging from Rupert Brooke to D. H. Lawrence, were published over the years and remain today the encyclopedia of this poetical period. In this volume you will find the best work of the Georgian poets.

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    Georgian Poetry—an Introduction

    1.2 hrs • 2/26/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 1.6 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Unabridged

    Novelists stake their claim as artists on works that encapsulate a whole world of characters and story lines, usually expressed in hundreds of pages. Some take on other disciplines—plays, short stories, and essays. And many have also written poetry.  Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy are but a few of the illustrious authors who, here in this audiobook, wrote poems every bit as tender and expansive as their longer writings. In The Novelist as Poet, Copyright Group is happy to illuminate this forgotten side of many incredible talents.

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    The Novelist as Poet

    1.6 hrs • 2/26/14 • Unabridged
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  15. 1.2 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Unabridged

    The office of poet laureate is a high honor among poets. The honor was first present among the ancient Greeks, whose heroes and poets wore wreaths of laurel in honor of the god Apollo. Unfortunately no single definitive record exists of the office of Poet Laureate of England. In some form it can be traced back to 1189 and Richard Canonicus, who was employed by Richard I with the title “Versificator Regis.” It is said that Geoffrey Chaucer was called poet laureate, being granted in 1389 an annual allowance of wine. However, it is not until 1617 that King James I created the post as it is known today for Ben Jonson, although it appears not to have been a formal appointment. That formality—the title of Poet Laureate as a royal office—was first conferred by letters patent on John Dryden in 1670. From there we have procession of outstanding writers, among them William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Alfred Austin, and Edmund Spenser. Collected here, in this second volume, are further works by these great poets.

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  16. 1.3 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Unabridged

    It is often said that two things in life are unavoidable: death and taxes. Certainly the latter is a common thorn, but as to the former it seems that for many people it is merely a hiccup in life’s eternal journey. A journey they wish, if being of good deed and character, to share at the eternity of Heaven’s largesse, a reward for faith and the obligations of religion. Of course for those not so fortunate an altogether different experience awaits them in Hell, where eternal torment in the afterlife has inspired the nightmarish visions so terrifyingly conjured up by Dante, Milton, Blake, Baudelaire and many others. If faith is your companion it is a very realistic world to avoid, as those authors gathered here will testify in their rich verse.

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    The Poetry of Hell

    1.3 hrs • 2/26/14 • Unabridged
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