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A graduate of the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England, Jeremy Northam has played many roles, including that of Saint Thomas More in Showtime's The Tudors. The son of two professors, he is perfectly cast to read a poet whose best-loved works include "That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and the comfort of the Resurrection." Difficult lines come trippingly off his tongue. This, for instance from "Windhover": "daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon . . ." There are 38 poems, each beautifully wrought.

Summary

A collection of the best-known poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). One of the Victorian era's greatest writers, Hopkins' reputation has continued to grow since his death.

Our Great Poets series, launched in 2007, has proven very popular, offering many of the best-loved poems by popular poets, well read by leading actors. This collection includes "The Windhover", "The Caged Skylark", "Carrion Comfort", "Spring", and "Fall and Inversnaid".

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Blissful Hopkins, nothing left to be said .

So beautifully read by Jeremy Northam, one feels his love for this wonderful poet, such a luxury to be able to listen to something as good, whilst doing mundane stuff.

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Hopkins beautifully performed

A quite wonderful reading of some of Hopkins' finest poems. Expressive and intelligent. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Robert
  • 12-03-12

Excellent encounter with the poet.

What made the experience of listening to The Great Poets the most enjoyable?

The variety of moods achieved in selection and voice.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Irrelevant. It is not a story.

What does Jeremy Northam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It is not a story.

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I found this a remarkable achievement of reading

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  • Marjorie A Garvey
  • 16-10-20

Wonderful

Wonderful poems read by a master who seems to catch the poet’s mood perfectly
Well worth the effort to listen and follow along.

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  • Amerye
  • 07-08-18

Beautiful poems, beautiful voice

Far better known for his film roles - Emma, Gosford Park, The Crown -- actor Jeremy Northam reads G. M. Hopkins so well! Also to remember, his father was a distinguished professor of English literature at Cambridge University. Hopkins is not an easy poet to understand: his poems must actually be rather difficult to read aloud competently because of so much alliteration, rhyme, etc. Mr. Northam does a wonderful job though, clear and yet warm. Wish he would record more poetry!

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  • Marianne Messina
  • 13-06-15

GMHOPKINS -what's not to love

There have been querulous, dowdy, unfeeling readings of gmh - this is not one of those. Jeremy Northam's reading brings richness to an already sumptuous repast.