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15 minutes from 2002 of the work of the Poets Laureate of Britain
. Sounds drab, I know--but try. The joy of people you think of as drab dead Englishman, read aloud.
Dryden--yum. The emotion rumbling in "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow". Very modern piece, considering the gap of 300 years.
Could have used less violin on one of the Wordsworth pieces. (I think I'm the only person who like and forgives Wordsworth for being a PL. I'm not swoony over W--but I appreciate his observations and and envy his language.)
And John Maysefield. "Sea Fever". Oh DAMN, that rolls you. This goes on the list. Quiz: where is this referenced in Star Trek?
Themes are love, pastorals, London--both W's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" and "London 1802" ("Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour")
Was introduced to the slightly sardonic humor of John Betjeman
, "poet and hack". Another on the list to explore.
They had a section on "Public or State Verse"--and noted this was often the theme where most PL's did some poor work.
But damn--they did Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade". Damn diddy damn, yeah.
Back to work.