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Cruellest Month #30: Prospero’s Epilogue

Sir John Gielgud as Prospero from Prospero's Books

The final day of National Poetry Month 2011 and we end it with some Shakespeare. We have Prospero’s final lines, his epilogue, from The Tempest.

Thank you to everyone who listened and thanks to everyone on the staff who participated. I’m glad we gave this a second shot this year.

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

Last year at this time we closed out with Dom reading Yeats: “The Second Coming.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:41:27+00:00 April 30th, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #27: The Stygian Depths of You and I and All

Moon

Day 27 of National Poetry Month 2011 and this is my last original piece I’ll be throwing onto the table this year. “The Stygian Depths of You and I and All.” Hope you enjoy it.

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

Last year at this time we were listening to Matthew Arnold and “Dover Beach.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:41:32+00:00 April 27th, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #25: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dom provides something special for Day 25 of National Poetry Month Audio:

Already during the first celebration of National Poetry Month here on Need Coffee, I wanted to do this: Reading the original German version of Goethe’s “Der Zauberlehrling” (“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”), which inspired a lot of music and most famously among popculturists: Disney‘s “Fantasia” (and somehow a Nicolas Cage movie) then offer an English reading as well.

Sadly though, the available translations are covered by a newer copyright than the long-in-the-public domain original. Since we don’t like to steal, I tried translating the poem myself, dreading the task since translating poetry will never ever truly work. The result, after the invaluable correction and polish by Dindrane, is a translation that is very close to the original’s content. The rhyme and meter have not been emulated, which does not sadden me, since this is a narrative poem.

Widge back again. So this is a single audio file. Dom leads off reading the original German, and he asked me to tackle the new English translation. His performance is much cooler, I’ll just go ahead […]

By | 2017-09-24T22:41:38+00:00 April 25th, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #23: The Brownies at Base-Ball

The Brownies of Palmer Cox

Day 23 of National Poetry Month for 2011 and our Cruellest Month Poetry Audio celebration brings us back round again to Rox and another visit with Palmer Cox’s Brownies. This time it’s “The Brownies at Base-Ball.”

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

Last year at this time we were listening to Housman and “Terence, This is Stupid Stuff.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:41:43+00:00 April 23rd, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #22: A Nocturnal Upon S. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day

St. Lucy

Day 22 of National Poetry Month for 2011. Cruellest Month, the Poetry Audio celebration moves on, with some more John Donne and “A Nocturnal Upon S. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day.”

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

Last year at this time we were listening to Eliot and “Prufrock.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:41:45+00:00 April 22nd, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments