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The BBC Collection - Poetry

'Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.' -- Edgar Allan Poe. Poetry can comfort, enthral, incite passion or fear -- it is the sheer power of words controlled by the strictures of form and metre. This wonderful collection will inspire you.

 

Poetry

  • Judi Dench and Michael Williams: With Great Pleasure
    by Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas, Charlotte Mitchell, Alan Bennett, Alec McCowen, William Shakespeare
    Narrated by Judi Dench, Michael Williams
    4.40 (16 ratings)
    Two archive BBC Radio programmes in which Judi Dench and Michael Williams, accompanied by friends John Moffatt and Alec McCowen, read a cornucopia of poetry and prose. In this enchanting pair of programmes from 1991 and 1996, Dame Judi Dench and husband Michael Williams shared an eclectic selection of pieces that they loved, admired or simply found entertaining.
  • John Betjeman: A First Class Collection
    by John Betjeman
    Narrated by John Betjeman
    3.20 (6 ratings)
    Sir John Betjeman, poet, broadcaster, journalist, prose writer and critic, was one of the best-loved figures of the 20th century. Betjeman was a prolific writer and his poems still resonate today. This release celebrates the centenary of Betjeman's birth.
  • A Dozen Red Roses: 12 Valentines Poems
    by various
    Narrated by Bill Wallis, Jenny Agutter
    4.00 (3 ratings)
    Here are 12 specially selected favourite love poems, read by acclaimed actors Bill Wallis and Jenny Agutter. This literary bouquet of blooms includes Andrew Marvell's classic "To His Coy Mistress"; a beautiful extract from "The Song of Solomon"; Christina Rossetti's joyful "A Birthday"; and Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love".
  • A Birthday: A Dozen Red Roses
    by Christina Rossetti
    Narrated by Jenny Agutter
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    "A Birthday": Christina Rossetti's joyful celebration that her one true love has arrived, read by Jenny Agutter.
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  • Delight in Disorder: A Dozen Red Roses
    by Robert Herrick
    Narrated by Bill Wallis
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    Robert Herrick's poetic tribute to his mistress' beautifully carefree style of dress, which he finds more strangely attractive than absolute perfection, read by Bill Wallis.
  • From 'Paradise Lost': A Dozen Red Roses
    by John Milton
    Narrated by Jenny Agutter
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    A short section from Milton's epic poem, expressing how much sweeter the world is when you are with the one you love, read by Jenny Agutter.
  • From 'The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam': A Dozen Red Roses
    by Robert Herrick
    Narrated by Bill Wallis
    Not rated yet
    From "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam", here are some meditations on love via Edward Fitzgerald's translation of the enigmatic Persian poet, read by Bill Wallis.
  • From 'The Song of Solomon': A Dozen Red Roses
    by Anon
    Narrated by Jenny Agutter
    Not rated yet
    A beautiful extract from the famous biblical hymn to love, read by Jenny Agutter.
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  • How Do I Love Thee: A Dozen Red Roses
    by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Narrated by Jenny Agutter
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's classic poem recounting the astonishing variety of ways in which she loves her beloved, read by Jenny Agutter.
  • If Thou Must Love Me: A Dozen Red Roses
    by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Narrated by Jenny Agutter
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's plea to her lover to love her just for herself, and not for any qualities that may fade away, read by Jenny Agutter.
  • My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose: A Dozen Red Roses
    by Robert Burns
    Narrated by Bill Wallis
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Robert Burns' well-known poem celebrating the enduring power of true love, read by Bill Wallis.
  • Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day?: A Dozen Red Roses
    by William Shakespeare
    Narrated by Bill Wallis
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    Shakespeare's most famous sonnet, in which he tries, and fails, to find an apt comparison in nature, read by Bill Wallis.
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  • The Anniversary: A Dozen Red Roses
    by John Donne
    Narrated by Bill Wallis
    Not rated yet
    The Anniversary is John Donne's poem about the all-embracing power of love, read by Bill Wallis.
  • The First Day: A Dozen Red Roses
    by Christina Rossetti
    Narrated by Jenny Agutter
    Not rated yet
    Christina Rossetti's poignant wish that she could capture the elusive memory of the first time she met her love, read by Jenny Agutter.
  • The Owl and the Pussycat: A Dozen Red Roses
    by Edward Lear
    Narrated by Jenny Agutter
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    Edward Lear's much-loved comic poem, featuring the most elegant fowl in literature and his beautiful feline friend, read by Jenny Agutter.
  • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love: A Dozen Red Roses
    by Christopher Marlowe
    Narrated by Bill Wallis
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is Christopher Marlowe's emotional appeal to his lady to run away with him and live a romantic rural idyll, read by Bill Wallis.
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  • The Sunne Rising: A Dozen Red Roses
    by John Donne
    Narrated by Bill Wallis
    Not rated yet
    John Donne's famous poem about two lovers surprised by the astonishingly rapid arrival of sunrise, read by Bill Wallis.
  • To His Coy Mistress: A Dozen Red Roses
    by Andrew Marvell
    Narrated by Bill Wallis
    Not rated yet
    Andrew Marvell's classic plea to his mistress to show her love for him while they are both still young and passionate, read by Bill Wallis.
  • When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought: A Dozen Red Roses
    by William Shakespeare
    Narrated by Bill Wallis
    Not rated yet
    Shakespeare's sonnet about the comfort brought by dwelling on the one he loves, read by Bill Wallis.
  • Betjeman's Britain: Poems from the BBC Archive
    by John Betjeman
    Narrated by John Betjeman
    4.10 (7 ratings)
    Sir John Betejman was one of the best-known and best-loved Poet Laureates. Even after his death, his popularity continues to garner acclaim and new admirers. Fortunately, he left behind a legacy of poetry readings and performances in the BBC archives that can be enjoyed in this comprehensive collection.