COMPLETE: Short poetry (Volume 1)

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Post by hugh » November 10th, 2005, 7:29 pm

all audio files can be found on our catalog page:
http://librivox.org/short-poetry-collection-001/


due date for this round: December 31, 2005

(after that we'll catalog these and start another collection)

This is Kara typing. I'm TAKING OVER! (lol) (unless Hugh doesn't want me to...)

OK this is an open thread, you can choose *any* public domain poem or poems you wish. This is for those 15 minutes, when you think, I'd like to record something, but can't manage a whole chapter. A poem or two will do the trick.

here's a great resource for public-domain poetry: http://www.bartleby.com/verse/

You can do a series of poems if you like; there are no restrictions. It doesn't matter if someone else has done the same poem, two or twenty versions is fine. In fact more versions of the same poems are better. If there's a particular poem you love, post it here with a request for more versions of the same.

Post when you've completed the poem, and let me know what's in the file. Try to name your files sensibly. Add your initials at the end:

ode_to_grecian_urn_keats_hm.mp3

ID3 tags:
title/chapter: Ode to a Grecian Urn
artist: J. Keats
album: Librivox Short Poetry 001

use http://yousendit.com/ to send your poems to:
kara AT nyip DOT net
or post a link on this thread.

For short poems you don't need to do the whole song & dance intro, but it might be nice to say:

"Ode to a Grecian Urn, by John Keats. Read by Hugh McGuire for LibriVox DOT org"

If you can let me know which gutenberg text you take your poem from, it would be great! (e.g. A Child's Garden of Verses, gutenberg etext #94)

Thanks!
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Post by BradBush » November 10th, 2005, 7:54 pm

Just so they don't get "re-done". I am doing all of Frost's North of Boston, which contains the following poems:
Mending Wall
The Death of the Hired Man
The Mountain
A Hundred Collars
Home Burial
The Black Cottage
Blueberries
A Servant to Servants
After Apple-picking
The Code
The Generations of Men
The Housekeeper
The Fear
The Self-seeker
The Wood-pile
Good Hours

Currently on A Servent to Servants and trying to get motivated to finish the rest! Maybe this thread will do it!

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Post by Squiddhartha » November 10th, 2005, 8:55 pm

I'll do Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, and maybe a few others while I'm at it...
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Post by tis » November 10th, 2005, 11:56 pm

I've done The Raven in 'Solo Projects', if you're keeping a list.
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Post by Squiddhartha » November 11th, 2005, 6:59 pm

Hugh, should poetry readers say something explicit like "this is a public domain reading for Librivox.org by...", so that they don't accidentally retain copyright? Or is the statement that the reading is for Librivox, all of whose work is public domain, sufficient?
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Post by kayray » November 14th, 2005, 2:54 pm

How They Brought The Good News From Ghent to Aix
by Robert Browning

When I was 14-ish I got an anthology of poems about horses from the library. The opening lines of this one have been stuck in my head all these years:

I sprang to the stirrup, and Joris, and he
I galloped, Dirck galloped, we galloped all three...

So I googled it this morning, found the whole text, and recorded for you! It's a good one -- no wonder those lines got stuck in my head. I hope I did it justice. Forgive my wacky pronunciation on those Belgian (?) place names...

http://kayray.org/audiobooks/librivox/misc/good_news_from_ghent_browning.mp3

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Post by alexfoster » November 14th, 2005, 4:06 pm

Haven't really read any poetry since I left school. But that's the stuff that sticks.

Remembrance day was yesterday, so http://www.niles.org.uk/librivox/dulce_et_decorum_owen.mp3
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Post by cachondo » November 27th, 2005, 8:25 am

I came across a Braille version of this Edgar Allan Poe one last night and remembered how much I enjoyed it...
So here it is.

Forgive me if I went a little over the top - and does anyone have any tips to prevent those clips at the louder bits?
I recorded the loud bits about 6 times, once from across the room and still it clips (very slightly, you can still understand but it annoys me).

Time for a new mic I think...

Anyway -
http://randylaptop.com/librivox/poe_tel_tale_heart.mp3

Feedback welcome - I'm still new to all this...
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Post by ScottM » November 27th, 2005, 9:16 pm

This sort of thing seems just about my speed. I'm not the world's greatest reader-aloud, and a short poem suits me (and everyone listening to me, probably) much better than a whole chapter of prose.

Anyway, I've done "A Dead Boche," by Robert Graves (total 37 seconds). I'll try to work my way up to longer pieces with practice.

http://kyuzo.home.comcast.net/dead_boche_graves.mp3

Text: http://www.bartleby.com/120/19.html

Any advice on reading or recording will be appreciated.

(And if these get posted anywhere, my last name is spelled "Munro.")
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Post by hugh » November 28th, 2005, 9:04 am

scott, cachondo... sounds great...

Check the weekly poetry thread for new poems every week...

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Post by ScottM » November 28th, 2005, 3:26 pm

I dunno, I just tried the weekly poetry thing and suddenly realized that I can't stand listening to myself read. If I don't post anything else, that's why.

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Post by kayray » November 28th, 2005, 4:00 pm

I think everyone probably goes through that, but after you've listened to yourself a bit you get over it.

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Post by GordMackenzie » November 28th, 2005, 6:30 pm

ScottM wrote:I dunno, I just tried the weekly poetry thing and suddenly realized that I can't stand listening to myself read. If I don't post anything else, that's why.
Yup... It's completely natural. I think most of us went through the same thing. Don't get too worried about it. As Kara says, after awhile you'll get used to the sound of yourself reading, and it won't bug you quite so much.

The good news is that all you need to focus on is the reading part ... leave the listening to us!

:)

I enjoyed your reading of Robert Graves, Scott. I hope you'll continue.
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Post by ScottM » November 28th, 2005, 6:51 pm

OK, I did the Shakespeare thing. Thanks for the encouragement.

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Post by Peter Why » November 29th, 2005, 9:06 am

Jenny Kissed Me, by Leigh Hunt. Coloured by memories of long ago.

http://s38.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3GAPN5YHPA4FR16KSZCD1IHZK1

Resubmitted after removing noise:

http://s57.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3DVO8CEOA4BAR1WGBMMFZ2IAMH
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