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


Book: A Century of Roundels by Algernon Charles Swinburne

LibriVox  logoLibriVox  logoA Century of Roundels
by
Algernon Charles Swinburne
(1837-1909)

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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The Frost Spirit by John Greenleaf Whittier

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 11 recordings of The Frost Spirit by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892).

This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for October 28th to November 11th, 2012.

John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American Quaker poet. He is considered one of the Fireside Poets and was influenced by Robert Burns.
(Summary by David Lawrence)

http://www.archive.org/download/frostspirit_1211_librivox/frostspirit_whittier_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=2m 46s (mp3@64kb)

 
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The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618).

This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for October 14th to October 28th, 2012.

The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd, sometimes called ‘Her Reply’ was written in response to Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”.
(Summary by David Lawrence)

http://www.archive.org/download/nymphsreply_1210_librivox/nymphsreply_raleigh_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 57s (mp3@64kb)

 
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The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 12 recordings of The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593).

This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for September 30th to October 14th, 2012.

Christopher Marlowe was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day. He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, who was born in the same year as Marlowe and who rose to become the pre-eminent Elizabethan playwright after Marlowe’s mysterious early death.
(Summary by Wikipedia)

http://www.archive.org/download/passionateshepherd_love_1210_librivox/passionateshepherd_marlowe_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 47s (mp3@64kb)

 
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Siberia by James Clarence Mangan

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 20 recordings of Siberia by James Clarence Mangan (1803-1849).

This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for September 2nd to September 16th, 2012.

James Clarence Mangan was born in Dublin. He was educated at a Jesuit school where he learned the rudiments of Latin, Spanish, French, and Italian. He attended three different schools until the age of fifteen. Obliged to find a job in order to support his family, he became a lawyer’s clerk, and was later an employee of the Ordnance Survey and an assistant in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
(Summary from Wikipedia)


 
http://www.archive.org/download/siberia_1209_librivox/siberia_mangan_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=2m 20s (mp3@64kb)

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