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Read by Richard Mitchley & Nigel Planer (Unabridged: 1hr 36mins)
Featuring poems by Thomas Gray, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Samuel Taylor Coleridge & others.
On first thought an Ode should be simple to describe, to define. A definition would most probably put it as; a lyric poem, usually addressed to a particular subject, with lines of varying lengths and complex rhythm. And within that, of course, we have its depth, beauty and poetic form. It’s evolvement over time and through the minds of our revered poets continues so perhaps the best description would be the Odes themselves.