The Odyssey of Homer by Alexander Pope.
Alexander Pope, (born May 21, 1688, London, England—died May 30, 1744, Twickenham, near London), poet and satirist of the English Augustan period, best known for his poems An Essay on Criticism (1711), The Rape of the Lock (1712–14), The Dunciad (1728), and An Essay on Man (1733–34). He is one of the most epigrammatic of all English authors.
Pope’s father, a wholesale linen merchant, retired from business in the year of his son’s birth and in 1700 went to live at Binfield in Windsor Forest. The Popes were Roman Catholics, and at Binfield they came to know several neighbouring Catholic families who were to play an important part in the poet’s life. Pope’s religion procured him some lifelong friends, notably the wealthy squire John Caryll (who persuaded him to write The Rape of the Lock, on an incident involving Caryll’s relatives) and Martha Blount, to whom Pope addressed some of the most memorable of his poems and to whom he bequeathed most of his property. But his religion also precluded him from a formal course of education, since Catholics were not admitted to the universities. He was trained at home by Catholic priests for a short time and attended Catholic schools at Twyford, near Winchester, and at Hyde Park Corner, London, but he was mainly self-educated. He was a precocious boy, eagerly reading Latin, Greek, French, and Italian, which he managed to teach himself, and an incessant scribbler, turning out verse upon verse in imitation of the poets he read. The best of these early writings are the “Ode on Solitude” and a paraphrase of St. Thomas à Kempis, both of which he claimed to have written at age 12.
Windsor Forest was near enough to London to permit Pope’s frequent visits there. He early grew acquainted with former members of John Dryden’s circle, notably William Wycherley, William Walsh, and Henry Cromwell. By 1705 his “Pastorals” were in draft and were circulating among the best literary judges of the day. In 1706 Jacob Tonson, the leading publisher of poetry, had solicited their publication, and they took the place of honour in his Poetical Miscellanies in 1709.
This early emergence of a man of letters may have been assisted by Pope’s poor physique. As a result of too much study, so he thought, he acquired a curvature of the spine and some tubercular infection, probably Pott’s disease, that limited his growth and seriously impaired his health. His full-grown height was 4 feet 6 inches (1.4 metres), but the grace of his profile and fullness of his eye gave him an attractive appearance. He was a lifelong sufferer from headaches, and his deformity made him abnormally sensitive to physical and mental pain. Though he was able to ride a horse and delighted in travel, he was inevitably precluded from much normal physical activity, and his energetic, fastidious mind was largely directed to reading and writing.
If ever a writer needed an introduction Arthur Conan Doyle would not be considered that man. After all, Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the foremost literary detective of any age. Add to this canon his stories of science fiction and horror, his historical novels, his political campaigning, his efforts in establishing a Court Of Appeal and there is little room for anything else. Except he was also a poet. Not perhaps the finest but his distinctive voice is certainly evident amongst his lines and verses. And it’s a voice worth listening too; something very different from what you might expect. So without further ado our readers, including Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe bring you the poems of Arthur Conan Doyle.
This remarkable, original and imaginative poem, ‘Einstein’s Bicycle’, is the outcome of the poet’s childhood experiences in London orphanages during and after WW2.
Terry says of the poem, ‘Einstein’s Bicycle’, is a slow-burn rant about life’s drama as seen by those who fill the paupers’ pit. Its heroes are the descendants of the bowmen and those who manned the gun-decks. They are the children of the levellers, those who worked the looms and spun the thread – clichés of their class, yet resilient and spirited, always conscious of their inheritance.’
He adds, ‘What begins as the sad tale of a maid in the shadow of the Cenotaph, unfolds as the celebration of a culture old as Chaucer, proud of its pedigree and its vitality to tilt at pomposity and privilege, sustained by the principle of Einstein’s bicycle - if you don’t keep pedalling you’ll simply fall off.’
The story is about Elinor and Marianne, two daughters of Mr Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John, and the Dashwood women are left in reduced circumstances. The novel follows the Dashwood sisters to their new home, a cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience both romance and heartbreak. The contrast between the sisters' characters is eventually resolved as they each find love and lasting happiness. Through the events in the novel, Elinor and Marianne encounter the sense and sensibility of life and love. In this dramatic reading, Librivox volunteers lend their voices to bring Jane Austen's classic story to life. (Summary by Wikipedia and wildemoose)Cast:Narrator: Bev J. StevensFanny Dashwood: AvailleJohn Dashwood: Noel BadrianElinor Dashwood: Beth ThomasMarianne Dashwood: Arielle LipshawMrs. Dashwood: TriciaGEdward Ferrars: Ernst PattynamaSir John Middleton: Ric FMr. Willoughby: Max KörlingeColonel Brandon: Bob NeufeldMargaret Dashwood: Tiffany Halla ColonnaMrs. Jennings: Katalina WattLady Middleton: Carol BoxMrs. Palmer: Elizabeth BarrMr. Palmer: Algy PugLucy Steele: Elizabeth KlettAnne Steele: Lucy PerryServant/Thomas: ToddHWMrs. Ferrars: Michelle RemingtonRobert Ferrars: David LawrenceAudio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw
LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 different recordings of The Siege of Belgrade by Alaric Alexander Watts, an abecedarian poem that begins each line with the next letter of the alphabet. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of May 25th, 2008.
Scene 1. The common people of Rome have gathered in the streets to applaud Caesar. The tribunes
Flavius and Marullus upbraid them for their fickleness, reminding them that they once gathered in the
same way to cheer Pompey, whom Caesar defeated. The tribunes disperse the crowd; they hope that
they can limit Caesar’s growing power.
Scene 2. A great crowd has gathered in holiday mood. Caesar enters with his wife Calphurnia and
various patricians, including Antony. A Soothsayer calls out, warning Caesar to “beware the ides of
March.” Caesar dismisses him as a dreamer. The patricians Brutus and Cassius watch the crowd go
by. Cassius hints at his fear that Caesar wishes to take all power in Rome into his own hands. Brutus,
though Caesar’s friend, shares Cassius’s anxiety; Caesar, meanwhile, confesses to Antony that Cassius
makes him uneasy. Shouts from the people are heard. Casca arrives and tells Brutus and Cassius that
three times the crown of Rome has been offered to Caesar: three times he has refused it, though each
time with increasing reluctance. Brutus and Cassius agree to meet the next day to consider the course
events have taken. Left alone, Cassius speaks of his plans to overthrow Caesar.
Andrew Marvell was born in Winestead-in-Holderness, in the East Riding of Yorkshire on March 31st, 1621.
He was educated at Hull Grammar School and at the age of 13, he attended Trinity College, Cambridge and eventually received his BA degree. It is thought that in 1642 Marvell traveled in Europe and, while England was embroiled in its civil war, remained there until 1647 mastering several languages including French, Italian and Spanish.
Marvell turned to Cromwell’s side only belatedly during the Interregnum after the execution of Charles the I, on the 30th January 1649. His "Horatian Ode", from early 1650, laments the regicide even as it praises Oliver Cromwell's return from Ireland.
During 1650–52, Marvell served as tutor to the daughter of the Lord General Thomas Fairfax, who had relinquished command of the Parliamentary army to Cromwell. He continued to write poetry and probably at this time completed the classic "To His Coy Mistress".
He became a tutor to Cromwell’s ward, William Dutton, in 1653 whilst living at Eton. Marvell also wrote several poems in praise of Cromwell, now the Lord Protector of England.
In 1657, Marvell joined Milton, who by now had lost his sight, in service as Latin secretary to Cromwell's Council of State at a salary of £200 a year. Oliver Cromwell died in 1658 and was succeeded as Lord Protector by his son Richard.
In 1659 Marvell was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston-upon-Hull in the Third Protectorate Parliament and re-elected MP for Hull in 1660 for the Convention Parliament. The monarchy was restored in 1660. Marvell managed to avoid punishment for his co-operation with republicanism, and he helped convince Charles II not to execute John Milton for his anti-monarchical writings and revolutionary activities. In 1661 Marvell was re-elected MP for Hull in the Cavalier Parliament. He eventually came to write several long and bitterly satirical verses against the corruption of the court. They were, however, too politically sensitive and thus dangerous to be published under his name in his life-time.
Andrew Marvell died suddenly on August 16th, 1678, while in attendance at a popular meeting of his old constituents at Hull. His health had been remarkably good, and it was speculated that he was poisoned by political or clerical enemies.
He was buried in the church of St Giles in the Fields in central London.
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