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Book: A Century of Roundels by Algernon Charles Swinburne

LibriVox  logoLibriVox  logoA Century of Roundels
Algernon Charles Swinburne

A roundel (not to be confused with the rondel) is a form of verse used in English language poetry devised by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909). It

 is a variation of the French rondeau form. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. A roundel consists of nine lines each having the same number of syllables, plus a refrain after the third line and after the last line. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line: it may be a half-line, and rhymes with the second line. It has three stanzas and its rhyme scheme is as follows: A B A R ; B A B ; A B A R ; where R is the refrain. Swinburne had published a book A Century of Roundels. He dedicated these poems to his friend Christina Rossetti, who then started writing roundels herself, as evidenced by the following examples from her anthology of poetry: Wife to Husband; A Better Resurrection; A Life’s Parallels; Today for me; It is finished; From Metastasio. (Summary by wikipedia)

This project is a bit of milestone for me, as it’s my first solo project.

This way for more information and to the download locations of my recordings…

Updates now available to three of my recent LibriVox poetry recordings.

Good Evening.

Since the recent LibriVox server migration, there have been a few teething problems. Fortunately, all of them seem to be ironed out now. For those of you who frequent this site regularly, thank you for your patience.
I have updated the following of my poetry posts with links to the newly catalogued recordings and the accompanying relevant information.

Weekly Poem

The Higher Pantheism by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

A Bird in a Gilded Cage by Arthur J. Lamb

Fortnightly Poem

The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Thank you for visiting.


Quick LV update; The Higher Pantheism poems have been delayed…for now

Greetings to those who regularly listen to my LibriVox poetry projects.
Thank you for visiting!

As you may have noticed, recently there was a joint weekly and fortnightly project involving a common theme.
To those readers, who haven’t a clue what I’m on about, I’m writing about these:-
The Weekly Poem (extended to 2 weeks) – The Higher Pantheism by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Fortnightly Poem – The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell by Algernon Charles Swinburne

According to fellow LibriVoxer “aradlaw” (aka David Lawrence), who is BC & MC for both of these projects:-

Last I heard the LV cataloging function was broken by the server migration, so until the stray file bits catch up to the herd, cataloging is delayed 😕

(Original quote can be read on this page)

At the moment no-one is sure when those pesky stray file bits will be directed to their proper homes, so both of those projects will remain in “limbo” until the cataloguing has taken place.
Sorry about all this, but technical problems are always difficult to sort out without breaking everything else.
Although personally, I’ve met far too many engineers who like to use a “technical tap” that usually means hitting or thumping machinery with something big or heavy. Like a hammer 😀


The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell by Algernon Charles Swinburne

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell by Algernon Charles Swinburne. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for September 18th to October 2nd, 2011.

Algernon Charles Swinburne was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He invented the roundel form, wrote several novels, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in every year from 1903 to 1907 and again in 1909. ( Summary by Wikipedia )

http://www.archive.org/download/pantheism_nutshell_1110_librivox/pantheisminanutshell_swinburne_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=3m 29s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the poem text…