Fifty Shades of Fathers (Audiobook)
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Read by Richard Mitchley, Nigel Planer & Ghizela Rowe (Unabridged: 1hr 28mins)

Featuring poems by Wilfred Owen, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lewis Carroll, Robert Burns, William Shakespeare  & others.

Our own lives are possible because of fathers.  It may be as limited as a procreational act and we never see them again.  But more hopefully these are kind, caring and protective relationships that are central to our lives helping us to explore and achieve the people we want to be.  From the childhood dependency of early years to sometimes troublesome teens to independence thereafter they help guide, advise, cajole and share their lives with those they most love.

Our classic poets who range in stature from William Blake to William Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Anne Bradstreet fill their verse with their own unique take on just what a father is. What he should be and what he can be.  These poems give us both an insight into the role of the father in previous generations and the mirror of how some things do not change.

Beyond the nurture and the genetics one fact remains a constant, these relationships go both ways; we need them and they need us.  But for many that can remain unsaid.  Those words can mean much and should be often thought and sometimes said. 

In this compilation - 

1 - Fifty Shades of Fathers - An Introduction
2 - Anecdote for Fathers by William Wordsworth
3 - Laus - Infantium by William Canton
4 - Etude Realiste by Algernon Charles Swinburne
5 - To An Infant by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
6 - A Prayer for My Daughter by William Butler Yeats
7 - My Serious Son by W S Landor
8 - Sonnet 3 - Look in Thy Glass and Tell the Face Thou Viewest by William Shakespeare
9 - I Am Your Father by Daniel Sheehan
10 - When Mandy Combs Her Head by Katherine Chapman Tillman
11 - To Her Father with Some Verses by Anne Bradstreet
12 - My Hearts Leaps Up by William Wordsworth
13 - To My Father on His Birthday by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
14 - Any Father To Any Son by F B Money-Coutts
15 - The Sins of the Fathers by Stephen Crane
16 - Portrait of My Father As a Young Man by Rainer Maria Rilke
17 - My Father's Chair by Rudyard Kipling
18 - Inscription by Eugene Field
19 - If by Rudyard Kipling
20 - A Poet's Father by Ambrose Bierce
21 - Our Fathers of Old by Rudyard Kipling
22 - The Natives of America by Ann Plato
23 - Your Are Old (from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) by Lewis Carroll
24 - Sonnet 37 - As A Decrepit Father Takes Delight by William Shakespeare
25 - God Gave to Me a Child in Part by Robert Louis Stevenson
26 - Sonnet 13 - O That You Were Yourself; But, Love You Are by William Shakespeare
27 - A Little Boy Lost by William Blake
28 - Alec Yeaten's Son by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
29 - Lord Ullin's Daughter by Thomas Campbell
30 - Come Home Father by Henry Clay Work
31 - Come Up from the Fields Father by Walt Whitman
32 - Faith and Dispondency by Emily Jane Bronte
33 - Sweet and Low by Alfred Lord Tennyson
34 - To The Memory of My Dear and Honoured Father by Anne Bradstreet
35 - Lament by Edna St Vincent Millay
36 - That Endless Loop by Daniel Sheehan
37 - Epitaph on My Ever Honoured Father by Robert Burns
38 - The Father by Katharine Tynan
39 - The Childless Father by William Wordsworth
40 - Any Soldier To His Son by Anonymous
41 - O Lord Our Father by Mark Twain
42 - The Parable of the Old Man by Wilfred Owen
43 - On My First Son by Ben Jonson
44 - Of His Dear Son Gervase by Sir John Beaumont
45 - Epitaph Upon a Child That Died by Robert Herrick
46 - Lines Written October the 23rd 1836, A Few Hours After the Birth of My First Child Henry Alford
47 - Little Brown Baby by Paul Laurence Dunbar
48 - On My First Daughter by Ben Jonson
49 - Epistle From a Father to a Child in Her Grave by Patrick Branwell Bronte
50 - To My Daughter Betty, The Gift of God by Tom Kettle
51 - Our Fathers Also by Rudyard Kipling