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Free Resource (#652) - Sept. 23rd, 2008
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Poetry Out Loud: Audio Guide

Download and listen to this series of MP3s from the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Out Loud program. This audio guide features some of the most famous poems of all time read by distinguished actors and writers. Here's the track listing:

1 Introduction

2 The power of poetry By Dana Gioia

3 "Jenny Kiss'd Me" by Leigh Hunt
Read by Kay Ryan

4 "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by William Butler Yeats
Read by Anthony Hopkins

5 "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Read by Rita Dove

6 "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost
Read by N. Scott Momaday

7 "The Good-Morrow" by John Donne
Read by David Mason

8 "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll
Read by David Schwimmer

9 "anyone lived in a pretty how town" by E. E. Cummings
Read by David Mason

10 "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Read by Kay Ryan

11 Conveying emotion, with excerpts from Hamlet

12 "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas
Read by Alfred Molina

13 "The World Is Too Much with Us" by William Wordsworth
Read by Angela Lansbury

14 "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas
Read by Anthony Hopkins

15 Punching words

16 "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Read by N. Scott Momaday

17 Kay Ryan remembers her grandmother

19 N. Scott Momaday remembers his parents

20 David Mason on knowing poems by heart

21 "Hope is the thing with feathers" by Emily Dickinson
Read by David Henry Hwang

22 "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats
Read by Diane Thiel

23 "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
Read by Dana Gioia

24 Sonnet 55 by William Shakespeare
Read by James Earl Jones

25 "When I Have Fears" by John Keats
Read by Rita Dove

26 "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet
Read by Alyssa Milano

27 "I think I should have loved you presently" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Read by Alyssa Milano

28 "Dream Deferred (Harlem)" by Langston Hughes
Read by Khandi Alexander

29 "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman
Read by Richard Rodriguez

30 From "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
Read by Khandi Alexander

31 "The Unknown Citizen" by W. H. Auden
Read by Alfred Molina

32 "Miniver Cheevy" by Edwin Arlington Robinson
Read by David Mason

33 "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning
Read by Alfred Molina

34 "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold
Read by Angela Lansbury

35 "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens
Read by N. Scott Momaday

36 "I heard a Fly buzz—when I died" by Emily Dickinson
Read by Kay Ryan

37 "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot
Read by Anthony Hopkins

38 Credits

Poetry Out Loud: Audio Guide

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