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It is often said that two things are unavoidable: death and taxes. Certainly the latter is a common thorn in adult life, but as to the former it seems that for many people it is merely a hiccup in life’s eternal journey. A journey they wish, if being of good deed and character, to share at the eternity of heaven’s largesse, a reward for faith and the obligations of religion.
Of course for those not so fortunate an altogether different experience was prepared for them: hell. Its nightmare visions are so terrifying, conjured up by Dante, Milton, Blake, Baudelaire and many others.
If faith is your companion it is a very realistic world to avoid, as the thoughts gathered here will testify in their rich verse.
Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe.
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A mixed bag
As with most anthologies, some of the content is better than others. There are parts of some truly fantastic works included, such as Inferno and Paradise Lost, making it well worth listening to. Some of the less well known poems are also very good and Byron's unfinished work was fun. The narration is reasonable, but not great. I found RM better than GR.