The History of English Poetry in 8 Poems

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed the other day when I ran across a tweet from Interesting Literature summarising the history of English Poetry in just 8 poems. I know, tall order right?
I was intrigued.

And as I read them it struck me as the perfect opportunity for some poetry reading!

So I read them. And recorded them. And here they are in a Soundcloud Playlist.  Hop over, have a listen and say ‘Hi’. I’d love to know what you think.


And, in case that link doesn’t work, here’s another. 

The History of English Poetry in 8 Poems Playlist
Complete with poorly remembered A Level Eng Lit Middle English pronunciation ;)

You can read the original article,which includes commentary, over at the Interesting Literature blog.

Untitled by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Untitled”
by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Read by Madame Arkadina

 

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain; 
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink 
And rise and sink and rise and sink again; 
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath, 
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone; 
Yet many a man is making friends with death 
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone. 
It well may be that in a difficult hour, 
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release, 
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power, 
I might be driven to sell your love for peace, 
Or trade the memory of this night for food. 
It well may be. I do not think I would.