Category Archives: Listen to Poems

Forgetfulness

Listen to “Forgetfulness” by Hart Crane

Learn more about Hart Crane (1899-1932):

Hart-CraneHis life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Discussion of his poem The Bridge (1930)

More on his life and work (Poetry Foundation. org)

 

A London Thoroughfare, 2 A.M.

Published in Sword Blades and Poppy Seeds (New York, 1919).

Listen to “A London Thoroughfare, 2 A.M.” by Amy Lowell:

Learn more about Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

A web-site devoted to exploring influences on Amy Lowell’s imagist poetry

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The Fisherman’s Wife

Published in Pictures of the Floating World (New York, 1919).

Listen to Amy Lowell’s poem “The Fisherman’s Wife”:

Learn more about Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

A web-site devoted to exploring influences on Amy Lowell’s imagist poetry

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Oread

Published in The New Poetry: An Anthology (1917).

Listen to “Oread” by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

Learn more about H.D. [Hilda Doolittle] (1886-1961)

Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

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Heat

Published in The Second Book of Modern Verse (1919).

Listen to “Heat” by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle):

Learn more about H.D. [Hilda Doolittle] (1886-1961)

Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

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The Great Figure

Published in Sour Grapes (1921).

Listen to William Carlos Williams’ poem “The Great Figure”:

Learn more about William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

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

Sound recordings of Williams readings his poems, recorded 1942-1962

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The Red Wheelbarrow

Published in Spring and All (Paris, 1923).

Listen to William Carlos Williams’ poem “The Red Wheelbarrow”:

Learn more about William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

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

Sound recordings of Williams readings his poems, recorded 1942-1962

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In a Station of the Metro

First published in Poetry (April, 1913).

Listen to Ezra Pound’s poem “In a Station of the Metro”:

Learn more about Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

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

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

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Richard Cory

Listen to “Richard Cory” (1897) by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Learn more about Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935):

“Edwin Arlington Robinson is poetry. I can think of no other living writer who has so consistently dedicated his life to his work.” – Amy Lowell

EdwinArlingtonRobinson_NewBioImageRobinson is considered unique among American poets of his time for his devotion to his art; he published virtually nothing during his long career except poetry. “The expense of Robinson’s single-mindedness,” Gilbert explained, “was virtually everything else in life for which people strive, but it eventually won for him both fortune and fame, as well as a firm position in literary history as America’s first important poet of the twentieth century.” Read more from The Poetry Foundation’s biography of Robinson.

A brief biography of Robinson (Academy of American Poets)

His life and comments on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

About Robinson and his home in Gardiner, Maine

 

Miniver Cheevy

Listen to “Miniver Cheevy” (1907) by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Learn more about Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935):

“Edwin Arlington Robinson is poetry. I can think of no other living writer who has so consistently dedicated his life to his work.” – Amy Lowell

EdwinArlingtonRobinson_NewBioImageRobinson is considered unique among American poets of his time for his devotion to his art; he published virtually nothing during his long career except poetry. “The expense of Robinson’s single-mindedness,” Gilbert explained, “was virtually everything else in life for which people strive, but it eventually won for him both fortune and fame, as well as a firm position in literary history as America’s first important poet of the twentieth century.” Read more from The Poetry Foundation’s biography of Robinson.

A brief biography of Robinson (Academy of American Poets)

His life and comments on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

About Robinson and his home in Gardiner, Maine