LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Freshness of Poetic Perception by Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830-1886).
This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 14th to October 21st, 2012.
Paul Hamilton Hayne was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He left his law practice to persue his literary interests. He became a literaey critic and magazine editor in Grovetown, Georgia, where he lived until his death.
(Summary by David Lawrence)
Download locations: mp3 128kb : mp3 64kb : ogg vorbis.
Catalogue pages: LibriVox, Internet Archive.
Zip of the entire book (11.5MB@64kb), featuring all 18 readers of this poem, with a total running time of 23m 53s.
In addition to the readers, this audio book was produced by:
Book Coordinator: David Lawrence
Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging: David Lawrence
Freshness of Poetic Perception
Day follows day; years perish; still mine eyes
Are opened on the self-same round of space;
Yon fadeless forests in their Titan grace,
And the large splendors of those opulent skies.
I watch, unwearied, the miraculous dyes
Of dawn or sunset; the soft boughs which lace
Round some coy dryad in a lonely place,
Thrilled with low whispering and strange sylvan sighs:
Weary? The poet’s mind is fresh as dew,
And oft refilled as fountains of the light.
His clear child’s soul finds something sweet and new
Even in a weed’s heart, the carved leaves of corn,
The spear-like grass, the silvery rim of morn,
A cloud rose-edged, and fleeting stars at night!
This week’s poem can be found here.