Category Archives: Listen to Poems

Epilogue

Listen to “Epilogue” by Robert Lowell

Download Poems by Bishop, Lowell, Sexton and Plath (PDF file 90 KB)

Learn more about Robert Lowell (1917-1977):

Lowell’s life and work (Poetry Foundation)

lowell

Only a Pawn in Their Game

Listen to “Only a Pawn in Their Game” by Bob Dylan (1963)

Learn more about Bob Dylan (1941 – ):

Commentary on “Only a Pawn in Their Game” (The Bob Dylan Commentaries)

NOVEMBER 1961:  Bob Dylan recording his first album, "Bob Dylan", in front of a microphone with an acoustic Gibson guitar and a harmonica during one of the John Hammond recording sessions in November 1961 at Columbia Studio in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

NOVEMBER 1961: Bob Dylan recording his first album, “Bob Dylan”, in front of a microphone with an acoustic Gibson guitar and a harmonica during one of the John Hammond recording sessions in November 1961 at Columbia Studio in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Poem

Listen to “Poem” by Muriel Rukeyser

Learn more about Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980):

Muriel Rukeyser’s life and work (Poetry Foundation)

Commentary on “Poem” (Modern American Poetry)

muriel-rukeyser

Filling Station

Listen to “Filling Station” by Elizabeth Bishop
From Questions of Travel (1965)

Download Poems by Bishop, Lowell, Sexton and Plath (PDF file 90 KB)

Learn more about Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979):

Bishop’s life and work (Poetry Foundation)

Commentary on “Filling Station” (Modern American Poetry)

“Filling Station: Analysis” (Encyclopedia.com)

bishop

The Applicant

Listen to “The Applicant” by Sylvia Plath.

Download Poems by Bishop, Lowell, Sexton and Plath (PDF file 90 KB)

Learn more about Sylvia Plath (1932-1963):

Plath’s life and work (Academy of American Poets)

Commentary on “The Applicant” (Private blog)

The Self in the World: The Social Context of Sylvia Plath’s Poems” (Pamela J. Annas).

U1889231

Cinderella

Listen to “Cinderella” by Sylvia Plath

Download Poems by Bishop, Lowell, Sexton and Plath (PDF file 90 KB)

Learn more about Sylvia Plath (1932-1963):

Plath’s life and work (Academy of American Poets)

Commentary on “The Applicant” (Private blog)

The Self in the World: The Social Context of Sylvia Plath’s Poems” (Pamela J. Annas).

U1889231

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

Listen to “The Emperor of Ice-Cream” by Wallace Stevens
Published in Harmonium (1922)

Learn more about Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

A profile of Wallace Stevens from the Poetry Foundation

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

The Wallace Stevens Walk in Hartford, Connecticut

wallace-st

The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter

Listen to “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” by Ezra Pound
Published in Cathay: Translations (1915)

Learn more about Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

pound2His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Petals on a Wet Black Bough: American Modernist Writers and the Orient (Yale Univ.)

Ezra Pound and the Invention of Japan (The Margins HP)

Choukankou“: A Japanese translation of Li Po (李白): Pound’s “translation” of Rihaku was itself based on a Japanese translation.