COMPLETE [Weekly Poem] A Wall by Robert Browning - dl

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Post by aradlaw » January 6th, 2018, 9:49 am

A Wall by Robert Browning (1812 - 1889).

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Browning, when at his best in vigor, clearness, and beauty, is peculiarly a poet for young people. His freedom from sentimentality, his liveliness of conception and narration, his high optimism, and his interest in the things that make for the life of the soul, appeal to the imagination and the feelings of youth. - TEACHERS' COLLEGE, NEW YORK, July, 1899. (from the Preface to Browning's Shorter Poems)
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A Wall by Robert Browning, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
Then read the poem:
O the old wall here! How I could pass
Life in a long midsummer day,
My feet confined to a plot of grass,
My eyes from a wall not once away!

And lush and lithe do the creepers clothe
Yon wall I watch, with a wealth of green:
Its bald red bricks draped, nothing loath,
In lappets of tangle they laugh between.

Now, what is it makes pulsate the robe?
Why tremble the sprays? What life o'erbrims
The body,—the house no eye can probe,—
Divined, as beneath a robe, the limbs?

And there again! But my heart may guess
Who tripped behind; and she sang, perhaps:
So the old wall throbbed, and it's life's excess
Died out and away in the leafy wraps.

Wall upon wall are between us: life
And song should away from heart to heart!
I—prison-bird, with a ruddy strife
At breast, and a lip whence storm-notes start—

Hold on, hope hard in the subtle thing
That's spirit: tho' cloistered fast, soar free;
Account as wood, brick, stone, this ring
Of the rueful neighbours, and—forth to thee!

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Post by Algy Pug » January 9th, 2018, 4:19 pm

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Post by tovarisch » January 9th, 2018, 5:51 pm

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  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by bluechien » January 9th, 2018, 11:20 pm

Eva D
And they were behind us, reflected in the pool.
Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.

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Post by Newgatenovelist » January 10th, 2018, 12:58 pm

Browning is always a good choice!
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/wall_browning_el_128kb.mp3
(1.50)
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Post by aradlaw » January 10th, 2018, 7:09 pm

Thank you Algy, tovarisch, Bruce, Eva and Erin. :thumbs:
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Post by flowerpower91 » January 11th, 2018, 11:19 am

Hi! This is my recording of A Wall! Let me know if anything needs to be changed!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/wall_browning_yk_128kb.mp3

1:53

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Post by aradlaw » January 11th, 2018, 8:59 pm

Thank you flowerpower91, good reading, but I have to ask if you use Noise Reduction before you save your file. There is a hum in the vocal portions of the file which may indicate too aggressive a NR value. I also notice a mic click at the end of your reading, editing this out will give a better quality to your production. :wink:

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Post by JetiiJorad » January 12th, 2018, 2:09 am

Here's mine:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/wall_browning_ebb_128kb.mp3
1:31

This is my first recording other than the 1-Minute Test. I think I'll need to work on the spaces and the blowing on the mic...

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Post by aradlaw » January 12th, 2018, 10:02 am

Good first recording JetiiJorad. You are right, there are several mic noises, you can eliminate most breath noises into the mic by positioning the mic off to the side of your mouth; there will be some loss of volume, but amplifying should cure that. Please experiment to find the best mic location for you. :wink:

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Post by bluechien » January 12th, 2018, 11:40 am

Your reading is PL OK, David! :thumbs:
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And they were behind us, reflected in the pool.
Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.

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Post by aradlaw » January 12th, 2018, 12:15 pm

Thank you Eva. :D
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Post by flowerpower91 » January 12th, 2018, 1:59 pm

Thanks for letting me know aradlaw! I'll keep all of this in mind. I'll edit it out when I get the chance. Yes I did do noise reduction but I can do more.

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