The World's Best Poetry, Volume 5: Nature (Part 1)


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The fifth of ten volumes of poetry edited by Canadian poet laureate Bliss Carman (1861-1929). This collection, the first of two parts, includes a range of poems dealing with the natural world, covering subjects such as nature's influence on the poetic mind; daylight and nighttime; the seasons; inland waters; and highlands. It also includes an introductory essay to the volume by the "Father of Canadian Poetry" Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860-1943). - Summary by Tomas Peter (6 hr 28 min)

Chapters

The Poetry of Nature by Charles George Douglas Roberts 12:29 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The World Is Too Much with Us (Sonnet) by William Wordsworth 1:25 Read by Leanne Yau
Earth, Ocean, Air: From the Preface of 'Alastor' by Percy Bysshe Shelley 3:34 Read by Leanne Yau
On a Beautiful Day by John Sterling 1:32 Read by Sonia
God in Nature: From 'Paracelsus' by Robert Browning 4:02 Read by Craig Franklin
My Heart Leaps Up by William Wordsworth 0:57 Read by Tomas Peter
Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3:09 Read by Jason in Panama
The Country Faith by Norman Gale 1:01 Read by Tomas Peter
Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth 9:43 Read by Craig Franklin
Great Nature Is an Army Gay by Richard Watson Gilder 1:41 Read by Sonia
Come to These Scenes of Peace by William Lisle Bowles 1:13 Read by Leanne Yau
Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude by Thomas Gray 2:52 Read by Tomas Peter
Nature by Jones Very 1:18 Read by Jason in Panama
Influence of Natural Objects: From 'The Prelude' I by William Wordsworth 4:11 Read by Craig Franklin
An Indian Song by William Butler Yeats 1:52 Read by Leanne Yau
The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth 2:07 Read by Tomas Peter
Rus in Urbe by Clement Scott 2:45 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Faun (A Fragment) by Richard Hovey 5:26 Read by Leanne Yau
Invocation to Light: From 'Paradise Lost,' Book III by John Milton 3:55 Read by Tomas Peter
Light: From 'Paradise Lost,' Book VII by John Milton 1:03 Read by Craig Franklin
Light by George MacDonald 3:58 Read by Jason in Panama
The Northern Lights by Benjamin Franklin Taylor 0:50 Read by Leanne Yau
From the 'Hymn to Light' by Abraham Cowley 3:41 Read by Craig Franklin
Daybreak by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1:37 Read by Sonia
Dawn by Richard Watson Gilder 2:11 Read by Leanne Yau
Morning Song by Joanna Baillie 1:33 Read by Tomas Peter
Morning by John Cunningham 2:14 Read by Tomas Peter
Pack Clouds Away by Thomas Heywood 1:23 Read by Leanne Yau
Morning: From 'The Minstrel' by James Beattie 1:32 Read by Craig Franklin
Summer Rain by Hartley Coleridge 1:26 Read by Sonia
The Oasis of Sidi Khaled by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 1:34 Read by Craig Franklin
A Midsummer's Noon in the Australian Forest by Charles Harpur 2:26 Read by Jason in Panama
Noontide by John Leyden 1:31 Read by Sonia
A Summer Noon by William Howitt 1:52 Read by Leanne Yau
The Midges Dance Aboon the Burn by Robert Tannahill 1:26 Read by Tomas Peter
Sunset: From 'Queen Mab' by Percy Bysshe Shelley 2:17 Read by Leanne Yau
Fancy in Nubibus by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1:25 Read by Craig Franklin
Day Is Dying: From 'The Spanish Gypsy' by Marian Evans Lewes Cross (George Elio… 1:46 Read by Tomas Peter
The End of the Day by Duncan Campbell Scott 1:35 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Evening by Archibald Lampman 1:20 Read by Jason in Panama
A Twilight Fancy by Dora Read Goodale 2:00 Read by Craig Franklin
To the Evening Star by Thomas Campbell 1:16 Read by Leanne Yau
The Evening Wind by William Cullen Bryant 3:18 Read by Sonia
Evening in Paradise: From 'Paradise Lost,' Book IV by John Milton 1:18 Read by Leanne Yau
Evening: From 'Don Juan' by Lord Byron 3:51 Read by Tomas Peter
Moonlight on the Prairie: From 'Evangeline' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 3:16 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
To Delia by Samuel Daniel 1:16 Read by Craig Franklin
The Camp at Night: From 'The Iliad,' Book VIII by Homer 1:47 Read by Jason in Panama
To Night by Percy Bysshe Shelley 2:13 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Night by Joseph Blanco White 1:25 Read by Sonia
Night: From 'Childe Harold,' Canto II by Lord Byron 3:09 Read by Craig Franklin
Night: From 'Queen Mab' by Percy Bysshe Shelley 2:47 Read by Leanne Yau
Hymn to the Night by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1:50 Read by Sonia
In the Wide Awe and Wisdom of the Night by Charles G.D. Roberts 1:27 Read by Craig Franklin
A Hymn: From the Conclusion of 'The Seasons' by James Thomson 7:52 Read by Tomas Peter
March by William Morris 1:57 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
When the Hounds of Spring by Algernon Charles Swinburne 3:57 Read by Tomas Peter
March by William Wordsworth 1:09 Read by Sonia
Spring, the Sweet Spring by Thomas Nashe 1:25 Read by Jason in Panama
Return of Spring by Pierre de Ronsard 1:43 Read by Craig Franklin
Spring by Thomas Gray 2:47 Read by Jason in Panama
Summer Longings by Denis Florence MacCarthy 3:54 Read by Tomas Peter
Sweetly Breathing, Vernal Air by Thomas Carew 1:36 Read by Jason in Panama
Home Thoughts from Abroad by Robert Browning 1:35 Read by Leanne Yau
May Morning by Celia Thaxter 2:23 Read by Sonia
Song (On May Morning) by John Milton 1:04 Read by Jason in Panama
Spring in Carolina by Henry Timrod 2:45 Read by Leanne Yau
Spring by Ebenezer Elliott 1:21 Read by Leanne Yau
Die Down, O Dismal Day by David Gray 1:21 Read by Jason in Panama
Morning in May: From 'The Canterbury Pilgrims: The Knightes Tale' by Geoffrey C… 1:50 Read by Sonia
Cuckoo Song by Anonymous 1:11 Read by Sonia
Spring: From 'In Memoriam' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 2:32 Read by Tomas Peter
Betrothed Anew by Edmund Clarence Stedman 2:15 Read by Leanne Yau
The Ploughman by Oliver Wendell Holmes 4:14 Read by Jason in Panama
The Plough by Richard Hengist Horne 1:22 Read by Craig Franklin
They Come! The Merry Summer Months by William Motherwell 3:43 Read by Tomas Peter
Song of the Summer Winds by George Darley 1:36 Read by Leanne Yau
A Drop of Dew by Andrew Marvell 2:24 Read by Jason in Panama
June by William Cullen Bryant 2:51 Read by Sonia
The Story of a Summer Day by Alexander Hume 6:15 Read by Jason in Panama
Knee-Deep in June by James Whitcomb Riley 4:20 Read by Tomas Peter
Ballade of Midsummer Days and Nights by William Ernest Henley 2:15 Read by Tomas Peter
Invocation to Rain in Summer by William Cox Bennett 1:21 Read by Leanne Yau
Rain in Summer by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 4:10 Read by Sonia
Before the Rain by Thomas Bailey Aldrich 1:04 Read by Sonia
Signs of Rain by Dr. Edward Jenner 3:27 Read by Leanne Yau
Summer Storm by James Russell Lowell 5:41 Read by Tomas Peter
After the Rain by Thomas Bailey Aldrich 1:01 Read by Jason in Panama
A Storm in the Distance by Paul Hamilton Hayne 2:15 Read by Craig Franklin
Rain by Ebenezer Jones 1:44 Read by Leanne Yau
The Dancing of the Air by Sir John Davies 2:27 Read by Sonia
Wicklow Winds: From 'Wicklow' by George Francis Savage-Armstrong 1:47 Read by Craig Franklin
Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley 5:24 Read by Tomas Peter
The Cloud Chorus: From 'The Clouds' by Aristophanes 2:55 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley 4:36 Read by Leanne Yau
Summer Moods by John Clare 1:21 Read by Sonia
In Praise of Angling by Sir Henry Wotton 3:32 Read by Tomas Peter
The Angler's Wish by Izaak Walton 1:47 Read by Jason in Panama
The Angler by John Chalkhill 2:02 Read by Craig Franklin
Swimming: From 'The Two Foscari' by Lord Byron 1:28 Read by Jason in Panama
The Pleasure-Boat by Richard Henry Dana 3:18 Read by Jason in Panama
The Solitary Woodsman by Charles G.D. Roberts 2:50 Read by Tomas Peter
September by George Arnold 2:20 Read by Craig Franklin
The Latter Rain by Jones Very 1:15 Read by Jason in Panama
To Autumn by John Keats 2:34 Read by Tomas Peter
Harvest Song by Ludwig H.C. Hölty 1:26 Read by Sonia
Life in the Autumn Woods (Virginia) by Philip Pendleton Cooke 4:50 Read by Leanne Yau
Hunting Song by Sir Walter Scott 1:46 Read by Craig Franklin
The Hunter's Song by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) 2:41 Read by Tomas Peter
The Hunted Squirrel: From 'Britannia's Pastorals,' Book I, Song 5 by William Br… 1:38 Read by Sonia
A Hunting We Will Go by Henry Fielding 2:00 Read by Leanne Yau
The Stag Hunt: From 'The Lady of the Lake,' Canto I by Sir Walter Scott 7:27 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Stag Hunt: From 'The Seasons: Autumn' by James Thomson 2:29 Read by Jason in Panama
The Old Squire by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 3:40 Read by Craig Franklin
Indian Summer by John Banister Tabb 0:47 Read by Jason in Panama
No! by Thomas Hood 1:22 Read by Leanne Yau
When the Frost Is on the Punkin by James Whitcomb Riley 2:20 Read by Tomas Peter
Autumn: A Dirge by Percy Bysshe Shelley 1:48 Read by Tomas Peter
When Icicles Hang by the Wall: From 'Love's Labour's Lost,' Act V. Sc. 2 by Wil… 1:25 Read by Jason in Panama
Winter (A Song to Be Sung Behind the Stove) by Matthias Claudius 1:59 Read by Jason in Panama
Frost by Edith Matilda Thomas 1:19 Read by Jason in Panama
Snow-Flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1:23 Read by Sonia
December by Joel Benton 1:27 Read by Craig Franklin
Snow-Flakes by Mary Mapes Dodge 1:07 Read by Sonia
The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2:14 Read by Tomas Peter
The Snow-Storm by Ethelwyn Wetherald 1:18 Read by Craig Franklin
The Snow-Shower by William Cullen Bryant 3:23 Read by Leanne Yau
'The Snowing of the Pines' by Thomas Wentworth Higginson 1:24 Read by Leanne Yau
A Snow-Storm: Scene in a Vermont Winter by Charles Gamage Eastman 4:48 Read by Sonia
Winter by John Howard Bryant 1:36 Read by Craig Franklin
Winter Scenes: From 'The Seasons: Winter' by James Thomson 2:58 Read by Leanne Yau
Winter Song by Ludwig H.C. Hölty 1:33 Read by Tomas Peter
Winter Morning: From 'The Winter Morning Walk: 'The Task,' Book V' by William C… 4:10 Read by Jason in Panama
Sleigh Song by G.W. Pettee 1:35 Read by Sonia
Our Skater Belle by Anonymous 1:42 Read by Craig Franklin
O Winter! Wilt Thou Never Go? by David Gray 1:19 Read by Jason in Panama
A Song of Seasons by Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald 1:57 Read by Sonia
The Valley Brook by John Howard Bryant 2:29 Read by Sonia
Song of the Brook: From 'The Brook: An Idyl' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 2:44 Read by Sonia
The Shaded Water by William Gilmore Simms 3:41 Read by Leanne Yau
A Farewell by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1:12 Read by Sonia
The Birch Stream by Anna Boynton Averill 3:02 Read by Craig Franklin
Song of the River by Charles Kingsley 1:57 Read by Jason in Panama
Afton Water by Robert Burns 4:14 Read by Tomas Peter
The Snows by Charles Sangster 2:02 Read by Tomas Peter
My River by Eduard Mörike 3:27 Read by Leanne Yau
On the Rhine by William Lisle Bowles 1:18 Read by Sonia
Oxus: From 'Sohrab and Rustum' by Matthew Arnold 1:32 Read by Craig Franklin
The Fall of Niagara by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard 1:38 Read by Jason in Panama
To Seneca Lake by James Gates Percival 1:53 Read by Tomas Peter
The Bugle: From 'The Princess' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1:42 Read by Sonia
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats 1:39 Read by Tomas Peter
Calm on Lake Leman: From 'Childe Harold,' Canto III by Lord Byron 2:06 Read by Jason in Panama
The Silence of the Hills by William Prescott Foster 1:23 Read by Sonia
Storm in the Alps: From 'Childe Harold,' Canto III by Lord Byron 1:43 Read by Craig Franklin
Dover Cliff: From 'King Lear,' Act IV. Sc. 6 by William Shakespeare 1:21 Read by Jason in Panama
Choral Song: From 'The Bacchae' by Euripides 2:38 Read by Sonia
An Alpine Descent by Samuel Rogers 1:21 Read by Craig Franklin
From 'Mont Blanc' by Percy Bysshe Shelley 1:43 Read by Sonia