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Historical Fiction
ROBERT STEPHEN PARRY
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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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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 ‘close reading’ including a brief biography of the poet, a background summary and glimpses into themes and interpretation.
The Good-Morrow  John Donne (1633)
The Lady of Shalott  Alfred Tennyson (1842)
The Tyger - William Blake (1794)
To The Moon - Percy Bysshe Shelley (1824)
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge - Wordsworth (1807)
To a Lady seen for a few Moments at Vauxhall, John Keats (1818)
The Fly William Blake (1794)
Ode to a Nightingale - John Keats (1819)
Sonnet 29 -William Shakespeare (1609)
Remember - Christina Rossetti (1862)
Readings. What poem comes next?
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Latest additions:
Love’s Philosophy by Shelley
IF by Rudyard Kipling
Sonnet 18 by Shakepeare
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