The Poetry of Art (Audiobook)
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Creative and inspiring poems about all forms of art.

Read by Jim Norton, Laurel Lefkow & Elliot Fitzpatrick (Unabridged: 20hrs 12mins)

Featuring poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Ezra Pound, Richard Le Gallienne, Robert Herrick, Emily Dickinson, Qiu Jin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats & more.

Art comes in many shapes and sizes and many different forms.  And one person’s art is often someone else’s object of derision.

But what we can all agree on is that Art exists, that it’s something perhaps unique to humankind but very definitely evokes a deep reaction whether of ‘wow!’ or ‘what?’ 

In this volume we take Art as our subject and have it reviewed and explored by other Artists, by Classic Poets.

True Art ignites an individual response or a collective awareness.  Our DNA seems to cultivate that.  When we engage with Art the results are at times as surprising as they are interesting.

In the words of Keats, Shakespeare, Wharton, Chatterton and very many others Art is seen and understood both as that individual reaction and a collective experience.  Art is where it’s at.


In this compilation - 

01 - The Poetry of Art - An Introduction

02 - The Man With the Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens

03 - Botticlelli’s Madonna in the Louvre by Edith Wharton

04 - Before a Painting by James Weldon Johnson

05 - Sonnet 20 - A Woman's Face with Nature's Own Hand Painted by William Shakespeare

06 - Sonnet 24 - Mine Eye Hath Played the Painter and Hath Steeled by William Shakespeare

07 - Sonnet 83 - I Never Saw That You Did Painting Need by William Shakespeare

08 - Art and Heart  by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

09 - Colors by Stephen Vincent Benet

10 - I Have Colours in My Head by Daniel Sheehan

11 - I Would Not Paint a Picture by Emily Dickinson

12 - To the Painter, To Draw Him a Picture by Robert Herrick

13 - On Mr Alcock of Bristol, an Excellent Miniature Painter by Thomas Chatterton

14 - On the Portrait of Two Beautiful Young People by Gerard Manley Hopkins

15 - Portrait d'une Femme by Ezra Pound

16 - To a Beautiful Female Portrait by Henry Alford

17 - The Portrait by Ford Madox Ford

18 - Her Portrait Immortal by Richard Le Gallienne

19 - My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

20 - Portrait of My Father As a Young Man by Rainer Maria Rilke

21 - On a Portrait of Dante by Giotto by James Russell Lowell

22 - Written Under a Portrait of Keats by John Boyle O'Reily

23 - On Seeing the Elgin Marbles For the First Time by John Keats

24 - Jade by Edith Wharton

25 - Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

26 - An Inscription for Zheng Shujin's Painting by Qiu Jin

27 - The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

28 - Rome - Building a New Street in the Ancient Quarter, April 1887 by Thomas Hardy

29 - How Many Paltry Foolish Painted Things by Michael Drayton

30 - To the Painter of an Ill Drawn Picture of Cleone by Anne Kingsmill-Finch

31 - An Art Critic by Ambrose Bierce

32 - A Portrait by Richard Brinsley Sheridan