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)

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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)

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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)

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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).

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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).

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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

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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.

Preludes

Listen to “Preludes” by T.S. Eliot
Published in 1917

Learn more about T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

EliotBiography of Eliot and his Nobel Prize for Literature 1948

Biography and Additional Poems from Poets.org

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

The Waste Land T.S. Eliot App on the Apple App Store HP

Killers

Listen to “Killers” by Carl Sandburg