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Alan Bennett's selection of English verse by his favourite poets: Thomas Hardy, A.E. Housman, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and Philip Larkin is accompanied by his own enlivening commentary and was recorded before a live audience. In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen more than seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail.

Speaking with candour about his own reactions to the work, Alan Bennett creates profound and witty portraits of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin, which are all the more enjoyable for being in his own particular voice.

©1990 Alan Bennett (P)2014 Channel 4

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The inimitable Alan Bennett

Short informative, touching biographies of each poet mingled with the poems and read as only the inimitable Alan Bennett can...delightful couple of hours

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  • Martin
  • 14-07-2015

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The only audiobook I can truly say I turned on and listened to to the finish. I was completely entranced by the power of the poetry, the voice of the narrator and the background stories he provided for each poet. Even if you have only a passing interest in poetry or want it revived, give this a go.

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  • Paul Brookes
  • 30-05-2016

Acute and humorous

Well chosen and excellently read extracts from each of the poets to illustrate the kind of poetry Alan likes best. He does not veer from the contentious, which is a good thing.

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  • Mystery man
  • 03-04-2018

Most enjoyable.

A fantastic book . Pure pleasure, he reads it quite well with loads of passion.

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  • Captain Nikolin of Bridport
  • 25-09-2020

Bennet - the lecturer I wish I’d had

Bennett’s observations are typically polite yet astute; his choices are wonderful - I longed for the Whitsun Weddings during Larkin, but the recitals had me in tears even without it. The mixture of biography and appraisal a perfect journey through the century’s poetry.

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  • tim
  • 18-08-2020

An excellent, quirky selection

An excellent selection with an interesting commentary, but to be honest (and this may be heretical) I wished someone else had actually read the poems, with a bit more variation of tone.

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  • S. Evans
  • 14-01-2020

Beautiful, gentle genius

This is the perfect match of narrator, guide and companion, with six wonderful poets, all represented by a handful of very well chosen verses. It's much too short of course, one never wants to leave.

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  • AdamGR
  • 20-11-2020

Do not think you are coming under this umbrella

Wonderful little pen pictures of poets and examples of their poems. What more could you ask for.

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  • Timedout
  • 07-11-2020

I regularly return to this audio book

I absolutely love this. Alan Bennett brings the poetry to life and gives interesting insight into what might have influenced the work. I am in awe of those who use language so eloquently, including Bennett.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2020

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Very enjoyable commentary on the poems, which were well read. The background sound effects were unnecessary and irritating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-2020

Insight and gentle humour combined

great poetry brought to life, along with the lives of the poets , by a great man .

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