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