The Fireside Poets (Audiobook)
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Read by Ghizela Rowe, Richard Mitchley & Gideon Wagner (Unabridged: 1hr 24mins)

Featuring poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, Oliver Wendell Holmes & others. 

A collection of poems from Americas most influential poetic movement.

This group of 19th Century American poets was the first to rival their British counterparts in popularity.

Gathered around their New England roots they were also known as the Schoolroom or Household poets,  and comprised of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier, James Russell Lowell and Olivier Wendell Holmes Senior. Occasionally Ralph Waldo Emerson was included although his poetic philosophy differed in some key aspects.

Each of these poets lived long and productive lives ensuring the longevity of the movement into the early 20th century. Their activities in the academic world, newspapers, the diplomatic service and lecture tours ensured they were constantly in the public eye.

Their essential discipline was focused on domestic themes and morality. At the time one of the primary sources of entertainment for the family was to be gathered around the fireplace whilst poems were read.

The Fireside Poets did not write for the sake of other poets or critics or for posterity. Instead they wrote for a contemporary audience of general readers.  They were mass communicators. Today the Fireside Poets, along with the equivalent British poets of Victorian times, is still regarded as essential verse.

In this compilation - 

01 - The Fireside Poets. A Movement in Verse. An Introduction
02 - Hymn To The North Star by William Cullen Bryant
03 - A Hymn of the Sea by William Cullen Bryant
04 - Song of Marion's Men by William Cullen Bryant
05 - Summer Wind by William Cullen Bryant
06 - The Death of Slavery by William Cullen Bryant
07 - Prologue by Oliver Wendell Holmes
08 - A Ballad of the Boston Tea Party by Oliver Wendell Holmes
09 - Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes
10 - Grandmother's Story of Bunker Hill Battle as She Saw it from the Belfry by Oliver Wendell Holmes
11 - The Old Man of the Sea by Oliver Wendell Holmes
12 - By the Seaside - The Fire of Driftwood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
13 - By the Fireside - Sand of the Desert in an Hour Glass by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
14 - An Extract of Haiwatha  by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
15 - Paul Revere's Ride (The Landlord's Tale) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
16 - A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
17 - The Wreck of Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
18 - The Slave's Dream by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
19 - Of the Dawn of Freedom by James Russell Lowell
20 - Abraham Lincoln by James Russell Lowell
21 - A Contrast by James Russell Lowell
22 - George Washington by James Russell Lowell
23 - Snow-Bound (The Sun That Brief December Day) by John Greenleaf Whittier
24 - The First Snowfall by James Russell Lowell
25 - A Day by John Greenleaf Whittier
26 - The Farewell of a Virginia Slave Mother by John Greenleaf Whittier
27 - The Hunters of Men by John Greenleaf Whittier
28 - Abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia, 1862 by John Greenleaf Whittier