O Hollow Hollow Hollow


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of O Hollow Hollow Hollow by W.S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 8, 2012.

Here is a poem by the "fleshly" poet, Bunthorne, from the opera Patience, by Gilbert and Sullivan. Who better to introduce it than the poet himself:

BUNTHORNE. It is a wild, weird, fleshy thing; yet very tender, very yearning, very precious. It is called, "Oh, Hollow! Hollow! Hollow!"
PATIENCE Is it a hunting song?
BUNTHORNE. A hunting song? No, it is not a hunting song. It is the wail of the poet's heart on discovering that everything is commonplace. To understand it, cling passionately to one another and think of faint lilies.

Bunthorne was considered to have been modelled on Oscar Wilde, but more recent research has suggested that this claim is not correct. ( Summary by Algy Pug ) (0 hr 22 min)

Chapters

O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by BG 1:27 Read by Bob Gonzalez
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by CM 1:02 Read by Christopher Maust
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by DL 1:17 Read by David Lawrence
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by FS 1:16 Read by fshort
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by GHS 1:16 Read by Algy Pug
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by JLS 1:16 Read by Jessica Louise
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by KG 1:12 Read by K.G.Cross
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by KMW 1:25 Read by kelleywyskiel
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by LAH 1:15 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by LLW 1:32 Read by Leonard Wilson
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by MC 1:17 Read by Mona Curtis
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by MG 1:36 Read by Martin Geeson
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by NLB 1:18 Read by NoelBadrian
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by REF 1:15 Read by Rhonda Federman
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by RN 1:23 Read by ravenotation
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by TRM 1:27 Read by Thom
O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by XYB 1:14 Read by Pascal Ramseier