Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath, book with CD. On the CD, Charles Osgood gives an introduction for each poet, giving context for the poet, his or her poetry, the particular poem, and the circumstances of the reading.
I found this refreshing and insightful; both from hearing the poet interpret his own words, but also from a historical perspective, showing both the change in poetry style, oratory style, and recording methods. Tennyson's reading is almost impossible to understand, since it's a wax cylinder recording. While I listened while driving, having the book meant that the listener could also read along; the book also contained poems not on the CD. It's a great reminder that poetry is meant to be heard; but it also made me hungry to hear older poems, or to hear other people interpret the work of these poets.
My favorite new-to-me poem from this collection: Waiting for Icarus by Muriel Rukeyser.
He said he would be back and we'd drink wine together
He said that everything would be better than before
He said we were on the edge of a new relation
He said he would never again cringe before his father.
Rest of the poem here.
Thanks to Farm School for the suggestion.
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Gotta Book has an original soccer (aka football) poem
Jen Robinson shares one of my favorite Macbeth scenes
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Scholar's Blog makes me wonder why WWI is so forgotten