LibriVox volunteers bring you 14 recordings of:
“The Garden of Love” by William Blake (1757-1827)
This was the weekly poetry project for November 10th to Novemeber 17th, 2013.
William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.
He was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work.
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The poem text can also be found at this address.
My recording of this week’s poem has a running time of 1m 3s.
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The entire project, featuring all 14 readers of this week’s poem, is also available at this link.
The zip file size is 6MB with a total running time of 13m 41s.
All the files contained inside the zip are mp3, all with a bitrate of 64kb.
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The Garden of Love
I went to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen;
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.
And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
And ‘Thou shalt not’ writ over the door;
So I turned to the Garden of Love
That so many sweet flowers bore.
And I saw it was filled with graves,
And tombstones where flowers should be;
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
And binding with briars my joys and desires.