Listen to Poetry


This Audio Guide contains distinguished actors and poets reading and speaking about poetry. Listen to these tracks to help you or your students master the art of recitation.

Introduction (1:33)

The power of poetry (2:28)

By Dana Gioia

"Jenny Kiss'd Me" (1:29)

by Leigh Hunt Read by Kay Ryan

"The Lake Isle of Innisfree" (1:48)

by William Butler Yeats Read by Anthony Hopkins

"We Wear the Mask" (:49)

by Paul Laurence Dunbar Read by Rita Dove

"Fire and Ice" (:42)

by Robert Frost Read by N. Scott Momaday

"The Good-Morrow" (2:08)

by John Donne Read by David Mason

"anyone lived in a pretty how town" (2:53)

by E. E. Cummings Read by David Mason

"Pied Beauty" (2:17)

by Gerard Manley Hopkins Read by Kay Ryan

Conveying emotion, with excerpts from Hamlet (1:32)

"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" (1:47)

by Dylan Thomas Read by Alfred Molina

"The World Is Too Much with Us" (1:25)

by William Wordsworth Read by Angela Lansbury

"Fern Hill" (3:10)

by Dylan Thomas Read by Anthony Hopkins

Punching words (:49)

"Ozymandias" (1:11)

by Percy Bysshe Shelley Read by N. Scott Momaday

Kay Ryan remembers her grandmother (1:38)

N. Scott Momaday remembers his parents (:41)

David Mason on knowing poems by heart (1:09)

"Hope is the thing with feathers" (1:32)

by Emily Dickinson Read by David Henry Hwang

"When You Are Old" (1:18)

by William Butler Yeats Read by Diane Thiel

"The Road Not Taken" (1:32)

by Robert Frost Read by Dana Gioia

Sonnet 55 (1:26)

by William Shakespeare Read by James Earl Jones

"When I Have Fears" (1:08)

by John Keats Read by Rita Dove

"To My Dear and Loving Husband" (1:01)

by Anne Bradstreet Read by Alyssa Milano

"I think I should have loved you presently" (:58)

by Edna St. Vincent Millay Read by Alyssa Milano

"Dream Deferred (Harlem)" (:48)

by Langston Hughes Read by Khandi Alexander

"I Hear America Singing" (1:39)

by Walt Whitman Read by Richard Rodriguez

From "Annabel Lee" (2:12)

by Edgar Allan Poe Read by Khandi Alexander

"The Unknown Citizen" (2:12)

by W. H. Auden Read by Alfred Molina

"Miniver Cheevy" (2:11)

by Edwin Arlington Robinson Read by David Mason

"My Last Duchess" (3:44)

by Robert Browning Read by Alfred Molina

"Dover Beach" (2:29)

by Matthew Arnold Read by Angela Lansbury

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" (2:33)

by Wallace Stevens Read by N. Scott Momaday

"I heard a Fly buzz—when I died" (:58)

by Emily Dickinson Read by Kay Ryan

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (6:27)

by T. S. Eliot Read by Anthony Hopkins

Credits (:51)