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Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:20 pm
by BrokenLyre
I agree with Malia here. The Realms of Gold is just fun to listen to (for us Americans, at least). The Narrator is Samuel West and Matthew Marsh. I really like the readings of the letters - that's where I learned more - just hearing it was great. It's a 2 cd set.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:55 am
by karljoesen
and me?
Grecian Urn
Sleep and Poetry
Hyperion
To Autumn
........

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:13 pm
by Maureen
I am often drawn to different poems depending on my mood. I was delighted to read that Stephen Fry's favourite poem in his youth was 'Fancy' because I used to adore that in my teens too. And I'm a huge admirer of Stephen Fry too.

Now if pressed for my favourites they would have to be:

Nightingale - my all time No 1 poem, to the extent that I was actually a bit scared of the prospect of listening to Ben Whishaw reading it at the end of 'Bright Star' in case it was awful. It wasn't - it was a beautiful rendition.

To Autumn
Psyche
Grecian Urn
Melancholy

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:54 pm
by Raphael
I am often drawn to different poems depending on my mood. I was delighted to read that Stephen Fry's favourite poem in his youth was 'Fancy' because I used to adore that in my teens too. And I'm a huge admirer of Stephen Fry too.


I love that one too- Stephen Fry has excellent taste! I like him too- he was excellent as Oscar Wilde wasn't he?


Nightingale - my all time No 1 poem, to the extent that I was actually a bit scared of the prospect of listening to Ben Whishaw reading it at the end of 'Bright Star' in case it was awful. It wasn't - it was a beautiful rendition.



Ben Whishaw's readings of the poems and letters is nothing short of brilliant. He interprets the mood, feelings and tones of the texts perfectly. I have been reading After dark vapors have oppress'd our plains lately- these last few lines they affect me in a way I cannot explain (especially the last line):

And calmest thoughts come round us -- as, of leaves
Budding, -- fruit ripening in stillness,-- autumn suns
Smiling at eve upon the quiet sheaves, --
Sweet Sappho's cheek, -- a sleeping infant's breath, --
The gradual sand that through an hour-glass runs,
A woodland rivulet, -- a Poet's death.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:33 pm
by 128638
I think "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is the best piece of poetry, even if it omits many of the lyrical qualities Keats is most noted for. It seems composed somehow, as if Keats has been inspired to write, rather than self-consciously deciding to pen a piece of ekphrastic poetry.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:54 pm
by Raphael
To have written that at such a young age is truly awesome!

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:07 pm
by Maureen
To have written that and the other odes at that age and in such a short space of time is even more awesome!

I alos forgot one of my long time favourites: 'To My Brothers' written on Tom's birthday. Not only is it incredibly emotional to read knowing what was to happen to Tom, but for me it encapsulates the joy of simple everyday family life - lounging on the sofa by the fire with a glass of wine and a book, or a good DVD, and people you love around you.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:32 pm
by Raphael
Maureen wrote:To have written that and the other odes at that age and in such a short space of time is even more awesome!

I alos forgot one of my long time favourites: 'To My Brothers' written on Tom's birthday. Not only is it incredibly emotional to read knowing what was to happen to Tom, but for me it encapsulates the joy of simple everyday family life - lounging on the sofa by the fire with a glass of wine and a book, or a good DVD, and people you love around you.


Oh I love that too- poor Tom eh.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:58 pm
by Cybele
Raphael wrote:

I love that one too- Stephen Fry has excellent taste! I like him too- he was excellent as Oscar Wilde wasn't he?


Oh my gosh! I remember that! Fry made Wilde live!!

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:20 pm
by Maureen
Yes - one of my all time favourite films. I love Wilde's writings too - and the recent film of Dorian Gray was great: if you haven't seen it, I'd recommend it. Although, like most adaptations, the story does deviate from the original a bit.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:28 pm
by Raphael
Maureen wrote:Yes - one of my all time favourite films. I love Wilde's writings too - and the recent film of Dorian Gray was great: if you haven't seen it, I'd recommend it. Although, like most adaptations, the story does deviate from the original a bit.


I did see the film- 3 times! I loved it. Ben Barnes was perfect as Dorian. I have a complete Oscar Wilde edition also. And of course Oscar loved our dear Junkets and wrote two poEms dedicated to him.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:51 pm
by Saturn
The original film was miles better, the additions I found to be obtrusive and unnecessary. All the subtlety and suggestiveness, the mystery was all lost from Wilde's story. The evil you can imagine is always more frightening than anything you can show on screen with garish CG images. An okay film but for a more faithful adaptation of Wilde's work watch the original.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:24 pm
by Raphael
Saturn wrote:The original film was miles better, the additions I found to be obtrusive and unnecessary. All the subtlety and suggestiveness, the mystery was all lost from Wilde's story. The evil you can imagine is always more frightening than anything you can show on screen with garish CG images. An okay film but for a more faithful adaptation of Wilde's work watch the original.


I prefer the new one- I like the colour and erotic scenes in it actually. I would like to see the original again fully- not seen it for while- seen clips on you tube tho. I think Ben Barnes is a better actor than the earlier fellow- he was far more convincing as the tortured Dorian.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:28 am
by Dolores
One of my favourite Keats poems is 'A Dream, After Reading Dante's Episode of Paulo and Francesca'. I also love 'Lamia' and 'On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again'. Favourite Ode is very tough but 'Ode on Melancholy' is very special to me :)

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:01 pm
by Raphael
Thanks for sharing your favourites Dolores. And welcome by the way. :D