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Read by Tim Graham & Ghizela Rowe (Unabridged: 58mins)
Featuring poems by William Blake, Rudyard Kipling, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Eugene Field & others.
The role of Fathers has changed much over the course of centuries. Men are now better suited to a role of co-parent in this modern age rather than the stilted, slightly aloof figure of times past. Being a Father is, of course, both a blessing and a burden.
This modern day parenting in a frenetic fast changing world has to be both learnt and adapted from some inner well of memory from generations past as well as on the job experience.
How to combine both the tenderness of love and support of modern views with the age old virtues of strength and leadership brings many difficulties to most men.
Surprisingly then that poets have given Fathers both a courageous view of life as well as a dependability to be there for their children. In success or failure we can identify with their hopes and dreams.
In this collection many of our greatest poets express their worded opinions of that unique role of Fatherhood – whether as one themselves or as a child reaching for that same mantle. It’s a difficult role for most men to assume and to keep perspective with but do you know any Father who is not ready to accept the challenge? Or any son and daughter not willing to acknowledge that unique and binding bond?
In this compilation -
|01 - Father's Day - Introduction|
|02 - Etude Realiste - Algernon Charles Swinburne|
|03 - Any Father To Any Son - FB Money-Coutts|
|04 - Any Soldier To His Son - Anonymous|
|05 - Faith And Dispondency - Emily Jane Bronte|
|06 - The Parable Of The Old Man - Wilfred Owen|
|07 - That Endless Loop - Daniel Sheehan|
|08 - Epitaph On My Ever Honoured Father - Robert Burns|
|09 - Lord Ullin's Daughter - Thomas Campbell|
|10 - A Poets welcome To His Love Begotten Daughter - Robert Burns|
|11 - I Am Your Father - Daniel Sheehan|
|12 - A Little Girl Lost - William Blake|
|13 - Little Boy Lost - William Blake|
|14 - Childless Father - William Wordsworth|
|15 - Come Home Father - Henry Clay Work|
|16 - On My First Son - Ben Jonson|
|17 - Our Fathers Also - Rudyard Kipling|
|18 - To My Father On His Birthday - Elizabeth Barrett Browning|
|19 - Full Fathom Five - William Shakespeare|
|20 - Epitaph Upon A Child That Died - Robert Herrick|
|21 - Our Fathers Of Old - Rudyard Kipling|
|22 - To The Memory Of My Dear And Honoured Father - Anne Bradstreet|
|23 - Sonnet 37 - William Shakespeare|
|24 - Portrait Of My Father As A Young Man - Rainer Maria Rilke|
|25 - Of His Dear Son Gervase - Sir John Beaumont|
|26 - My Serious Son - W S Landor|
|27 - Oh Captain My Captain - Walt Whitman|
|28 - To Her Father With Some Verses - Anne Bradstreet|
|29 - My Fathers Chair - Rudyard Kipling|
|30 - My Dearest Frank I Wish You Joy - Jane Austen|
|31 - Alec Yeaten's Son - Thomas Bailey Aldrich|
|32 - God Gave To Me A Child In Part - Robert Louis Stevenson|
|33 - Come Up From The Fields Father - Walt Whitman|
|34 - Seal Lullaby - Rudyard Kipling|
|35 - Inscription - Eugene Field|
|36 - Laus - Infantium - William Canton|
|37 - My Hearts Leaps Up - William Wordsworth|
|38 - To An Infant - Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
|39 - Sweet And Low - Alfred Lord Tennyson|