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Read by Ghizela Rowe, Sean Barrett & David Shaw-Parker (Unabridged: 1hr 17mins)e
Featuring poems by William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson & Alfred Austin.
The office of Poet Laureate goes back many centuries – informally to the time of Geoffrey Chaucer in 1389 and followed thereafter by a number of ‘volunteer laureates’. It was formally assigned to Ben Jonson in 1617 and, as a Royal office by letters patent in 1670, to John Dryden. It is a rich, rewarding history that bursts with the words, themes and visions of many great poets that has bound poetry and poets to a Nations soul.
Victoria’s reign is mainly remembered as that which harnessed and amplified The Industrial Revolution with its myriad of inventions and the reinvention of society from agricultural to manufacturing. From there its thirst for markets and raw materials created a massive ‘Age of Empire’ that bestrode the globe yet, in its wake, left many in its homeland, destitute, impoverished and bereft of the advantages it trumpeted on a world stage.
In the Arts its artists flourished, exhibiting and publishing abroad working in new techniques and new media. In literature such noted talents as Dickens, Trollope, Thackeray, the Bronte sisters and many, many others were ambitious and acclaimed. In Poetry we were spoilt for choice; the Brownings, Matthew Arnold, Coventry Patmore, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, an endless succession of wordsmiths.
Those Laureates appointed in Queen Victoria’s reign to represent the Nation are three in number and quite simply are staggering in both verse and talent: William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Alfred Austin.
In this compilation -
|01 - The Victorian Laureates - An Introduction|
|02 - William Wordsworth - An Introduction|
|03 - Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth|
|04 - It Was An April Morning Fresh and Clear by William Wordsworth|
|05 - Ode Composed on a May Morning by William Wordsworth|
|06 - Surprised By Joy Impatient As the Wind by William Wordsworth|
|07 - Daffodils by William Wordsworth|
|08 - My Hearts Leaps Up by William Wordsworth|
|09 - Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known by William Wordsworth|
|10 - Written in London September1802 by William Wordsworth|
|11 - November1806 by William Wordsworth|
|12 - The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth|
|13 - The Foresaken by William Wordsworth|
|14 - The Longest Day by William Wordsworth|
|15 - Tinturn Abbey (Extracts) By William Wordsworth|
|16 - Alfred Lord Tennyson - An Introduction|
|17 - Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|18 - The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|19 - Maud by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|20 - The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|21 - The Oak by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|22 - Spring by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|23 - Break Break Break by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|24 - Ring Out Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|25 - The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|26 - Sweet and Low by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|27 - Song - A Spirit Haunts the Year's Last Hours by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|28 - The Death of the Old Year by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|29 - Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|30 - In Memoriam by Alfred Lord Tennyson|
|31 - Alfred Austin - An Introduction|
|32 - Agetha by Alfred Austin|
|33 - A Captive Throstle by Alfred Austin|
|34 - Though All the World by Alfred Austin|
|35 - A Night in June by Alfred Austin|
|36 - Spiritual Love by Alfred Austin|
|37 - In Praise of England by Alfred Austin|
|38 - Forgiveness by Alfred Austin|
|39 - A Farewell To Youth by Alfred Austin|