My LibriVox recordings & my reading journal (solo Litblog).

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.

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Metamorphoses by Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid)

LibriVox  logoTranslated by Brookes More.
The Metamorphoses of Ovid is probably one of the best known, certainly one of the most influential works of the Ancient world. It consists of a narrative poem in fifteen books that describes the creation and history of the world through mythological tales, starting with a cosmogony and finishing with the deification of Julius Caesar. Published around 8 AD, the Metamorphoses are a source, sometimes the only source, for many of the most famous ancient myths, such as the stories of Daedalus and Icarus, Arachne or Narcisus.

Ovid works his way through his subject matter often in an apparently arbitrary fashion; however, the connection between all the seemingly unconnected stories is that all of them talk about transformation. Change as the only permanent aspect of nature is the certainty that underlies the work of Ovid, who jumps from one transformation tale to another, sometimes retelling what had come to be seen as central events in the world of Greek myths and sometimes straying in odd directions. The poem is often called a mock-epic. It is written in dactylic hexameter, the form of the great heroic and nationalistic epic poems, both those of the ancient tradition (the Iliad and Odyssey) and of Ovid’s own day (the Aeneid). It begins with the ritual “invocation of the muse,” and makes use of traditional epithets and circumlocutions. But instead of following and extolling the deeds of a human hero, it leaps from story to story sometimes in very cunning ways, and, because of the clever ways in which it connects the stories, the Metamorphoses were once called the “Thousand and One Nights of the Ancient World”. (Summary by Leni)

My contribution to this collaborative effort is “Section 06 – Book 2, Part 3″
Running time=21m 55s (mp3@64kb)

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On the Nature of Things by Lucretius

LibriVox logoOn the Nature of Things by Titus Lucretius Carus, translated by John Selby Watson.
Written in the first century b.C., On the Nature of Things (in Latin, “De Rerum Natura”) is a poem in six books that aims at explaining the Epicurean philosophy to the Roman audience. Among digressions about the importance of philosophy in men’s life and praises of Epicurus, Lucretius created a solid treatise on the atomic theory, the falseness of religion and many kinds of natural phenomena. With no harm to his philosophical scope, the author composed a didactic poem of epic flavor, of which the imagery and style are highly praised. (Summary by Leni)

My contribution to this collaborative effort is “book 2, parts 1 to 3”.
Book II
Part 1; Running time=14m 26s (mp3@64kb)
Part 2; Running time=35m 11s (mp3@64kb)
Part 3; Running time=52m 58s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations for the rest of the book…