You know their names and know their works, but you probably don’t know what some of these internationally famous poets sound like. Because most of them lived during a time when advanced technology was regulated to nothing more than a scratchy radio broadcast many people have never heard the voices of these beloved writers. Fortunately, the Internet has made it possible to hear their voices so we can appreciate the people behind their moving written words. Enjoy these live audio recordings featuring a selection of well-know poets.
William Butler Yeats
One of the greatest poets of our time is Ireland’s W. B. Yeats. During the 1930s Yeats made several radio broadcasts where he read some of his better know poems and along with some of his personal favorites. In this audio recording Yates reads The Lake Isle of Innisfree and a few others.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Thomas Stearns Eliot emigrated to England in his mid-twenties, where he renounced his American citizenship 14 years later. While residing in England Eliot composed one of the modernist movement’s great poems, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Wasteland and many others. Eliot received the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature.
American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath is best known for writing what’s been described as confessional poetry. Her poetry collection, Ariel, and semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, are what readers most associate with her. Plath battled depression and committed suicide in 1962.
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas is mostly known for his highly popular villanelle poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. Thomas wrote the poem just two years before his untimely death at age 39 and it was written in memory of his dying father.
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