The Well Read Poem

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Because reading is interpretation, The Well Read Poem aims to teach you how to read with understanding! Hosted by poet Thomas Banks of The House of Humane Letters, these short episodes will introduce you to both well-known and obscure poets and will focus on daily recitation, historical and intellectual background, elements of poetry, light explication, and more!

Play this podcast daily and practice reciting! The next week, get a new poem. Grow in your understanding and love of poetry by learning how to read well!

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Season 9 Poems:

“The Rhodora” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sumer Is Icumen In” by Anonymous 13th Century Author

“Bed in Summer” by Robert Louis Stevenson

“To Autumn” by John Keats

“Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost

“Loveliest of Trees” by A. E. Houseman

Season 8 Poems:

“Les Hiboux (The Owls)” by Charles Baudelaire

“The Eagle” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“The Oven Bird” by Robert Frost

“Le Corbeau et Le Renaud (The Crow and the Fox)” by Jean de la Fontaine

“Old Adam, the Carrion Crow” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

“Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats

Season 7 Poems:

“A Farewell to Arms” by George Peele

“My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun” by William Shakespeare

Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel” by Walter Savage Landor

Remember Me” by Christina Rossetti

Tell Me the Truth About Love” by W. H. Auden

“Love Poem” by John Frederick Nims

Season 6 Poems:

“On a General Election” by Hilaire Belloc

“Atticus” by Alexander Pope

“Zimri” by John Dryden

“To a Poet, Who Would Have Me Praise Certain Bad Poets, Imitator of His and Mine” by William Butler Yeats

Selection from “A Satire Against Mankind” by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

“There Are Two Voices There” by James Kenneth Stephen

Season 5 Poems:

“All That’s Past” by Walter de la Mare

“Ghost” by Walter de la Mare

“Breughel’s Winter” by Walter de la Mare

“Polonius” by Walter de la Mare

“Alexander” by Walter de la Mare

“Summer Evening” by Walter de la Mare

Season 4 Poems:

“Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake

“Infant Innocence” by A. E. Houseman

“The Kraken” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog” by Alexander Pope

“A Runnable Stag” by John Davidson

“The Blinded Bird” by Thomas Hardy

Season 3 Poems:

“August 1968” by W. H. Auden

“The Shield of Achilles” by W. H. Auden

“Roman Wall Blues” by W. H. Auden

“Luther” by W. H. Auden

“Epitaph on a Tyrant” by W. H. Auden

“Song for St. Cecilia’s Day” by W. H. Auden

Season 2 Poems:

“Constantinople” by J. C. Squire

“The Wife of Flanders” by G. K. Chesterton

“Harp Song of the Dane Women” by Rudyard Kipling

“To Toussaint L’Ouverture” by William Wordsworth

“Stanzas Written in Passing the Ambracian Gulf” by Lord Byron

“To Virgil” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Season 1 Poems:

“The Listeners” by Walter de la Mare

“To the Old Gods” by Edwin Muir

“If We Shadows Have Offended” by William Shakespeare

“Babylon” by Robert Graves

“Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The World is Too Much With Us” by William Wordsworth

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