Poetry Readings. Listen to 10 of the best classic English poems

An index to my favourite lines of verse on video (and why I like them)

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Woman Reading by Candlelight, Peter Ilsted
A great poem can say just as much in a few simple lines of rhyming verse as several volumes of wordy philosophy. My all-time favourites are presented here in video format - with each recital accompanied by its own dedicated page of notes. These include a brief biography of the writer, a background summary of the text, and a glimpse into themes and interpretation.
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Classic Poetry
A brief explanation of what makes a sonnet.
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Georgian novel
Georgian Comedy. Romance, Jacobites and English Rakes.
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Historical Novel
The Arrow Chest. Pre-Raphaelite themed story.
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Gothic Poetry
Poets for Halloween. Bryon, Keats and Shelley.
thumbnail image of bearded man in red tunic - artist Charles Brocky.
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