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


The Army of Death by Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley, Suffolk Regiment; killed in action, October 3rd 1915

LibriVox Weekly PoemBritish Legion PoppyLibriVox volunteers bring you 22 recordings of:
“The Army of Death” by Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915)

This was the (extended) weekly poetry project for October 27th November 10th, 2013.

Captain Sorley was among 16 Great War poets commemorated in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. The inscription was written by Wilfred Owen. It reads: “My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.”

This is regarded as one of Sorley’s finest poems, and was discovered in his kit after his death.
(Summary by Ruth Golding)
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A Ruined Reversolet by C. J. Dennis

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 16 recordings of A Ruined Reversolet by C. J. Dennis (1876-1938).

This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 28th to November 4th, 2012.

Clarence James Dennis was an Australian poet and journalist. In his varied career, he worked as a barman, shearer, solicitor’s clerk, newspaper proprietor and (as do many Australians) a civil servant, before settling down in a rural retreat at Toolangi, in the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne.

His most famous work is “The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke”, a verse novel written in an Australian vernacular and first published in 1915. Despite its artless presentation, Dennis’ verse is constructed with great skill, and attracted enthusiastic reviews from such august critics as H.G. Wells. E.V. Lucas and Sir John Betjeman.

Dennis’ significance as a literary figure has been recognized by the establishment of C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry, which is awarded annually as part of the Premier’s Literary Awards for the state of Victoria.
http://www.archive.org/download/reversolet_1211_librivox/reversolet_cjdennis_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=45s (mp3@64kb)

 
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To a Dog by John Jay Chapman

LibriVox logoBritish Legion PoppyLibriVox volunteers bring you 22 recordings of To a Dog by John Jay Chapman (1862-1933), published in 1917. This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 30th to November 13th 2011, to mark this year’s festivals of remembrance.

Chapman’s son Victor was the first American pilot to lose his life in aerial combat, while serving with the Escadrille Américaine in the First World War. This poem tells of the heartbreak of a bereaved father; the sentiment, though attributed to the son’s dog, is familiar to all who have lost someone they loved, in peace or war. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)

http://www.archive.org/download/toadog_1111_librivox/toadog_chapman_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 28s (mp3@64kb)

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Stupidity by Amy Lowell

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Stupidity by Amy Lowell (1874-1925). This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 31st – November 7th, 2010.
http://www.archive.org/download/stupidity_1011_librivox/stupidity_lowell_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 18s (mp3@64kb)

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Parting by Charlotte Brontë

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Parting by Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855). This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 25th, 2009.
http://www.archive.org/download/parting_0911_librivox/parting_bronte_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 53s (mp3@64kb)

Big thanks to RuthieG at LV (poem MC this turn), for helping me with some of the recording issues I had this week. She’s a superstar!

This way to the download locations & the poem text…