COMPLETE [Fortnightly Poetry] A Musical Instrument by Elizabeth Barrett Browning - dl

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Post by aradlaw » October 25th, 2020, 5:10 pm

A Musical Instrument by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861).

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning was an English poet of the Victorian era, popular in Britain and the United States during her lifetime. Elizabeth's volume Poems (1844) brought her great success, attracting the admiration of the writer Robert Browning. Their correspondence, courtship, and marriage were carried out in secret, for fear of her father's disapproval. ( Wikipedia)
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A Musical Instrument by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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Then read the poem:
WHAT was he doing, the great god Pan,
Down in the reeds by the river?
Spreading ruin and scattering ban,
Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat,
And breaking the golden lilies afloat
With the dragon-fly on the river.

He tore out a reed, the great god Pan,
From the deep cool bed of the river:
The limpid water turbidly ran,
And the broken lilies a-dying lay,
And the dragon-fly had fled away,
Ere he brought it out of the river.

High on the shore sat the great god Pan,
While turbidly flow’d the river:
And hack’d and hew’d as a great god can,
With his hard bleak steel at the patient reed,
Till there was not a sign of a leaf indeed
To prove it fresh from the river.

He cut it short, did the great god Pan,
(How tall it stood in the river!)
Then drew the pith, like the heart of a man,
Steadily from the outside ring,
And notch’d the poor dry empty thing
In holes, as he sat by the river.

“This is the way,” laugh’d the great god Pan,
(Laugh’d while he sat by the river,)
“The only way, since gods began
To make sweet music, they could succeed.”
Then, dropping his mouth to a hole in the reed,
He blew in power by the river.

Sweet, sweet, sweet, O Pan!
Piercing sweet by the river!
Blinding sweet, O great god Pan!
The sun on the hill forgot to die,
And the lilies reviv’d, and the dragon-fly
Came back to dream on the river.

Yet half a beast is the great god Pan,
To laugh as he sits by the river,
Making a poet out of a man:
The true gods sigh for the cost and pain,—
For the reed which grows nevermore again
As a reed with the reeds in the river.


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Post by aradlaw » October 25th, 2020, 5:11 pm

This poem has been done a few times in various LV Poetry Collections over the years, here it is for your recording pleasure. :D
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Post by Horner94 » October 25th, 2020, 6:41 pm

Hello,
Here is my contribution: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/musicalinstrument_browning_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 02:37

Kind regards,
Chad

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Post by aradlaw » October 26th, 2020, 5:13 am

Thank you Chad. :thumbs:
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Post by HLinnae » October 26th, 2020, 7:56 am

This is such a great poem. Here is my link. I'm a newbie, so any feedback or corrections are appreciated.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/musicalinstrument_browning_hlj_128kb.mp3
Time: 3:33

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Post by aradlaw » October 26th, 2020, 8:33 am

Welcome to LibriVox Heidi :D what an enthusiastic first reading! :thumbs:
All your specs are correct, the only feedback to offer at present is to comment on the silences, both beginning and ending, which exceed the required length as set out in the instructions.
(you can edit down the silences and upload again using the same filename)

*Please let me know under what name would you like to appear in the LV catalog and if you have one, we can put your personal URL link on your catalog page too.
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Post by HLinnae » October 26th, 2020, 8:42 am

Thank you, David. I'm confused by the silence specs. Are they 1.5 sec max beginning and 5 sec min at end? Are those meant to be directly before/after the poem or before/after the Librivox intro/ public domain ending?
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Post by aradlaw » October 26th, 2020, 8:54 am

Silences are one half to one second in length before the intro and approximately 5 seconds after the outro.
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Post by HLinnae » October 26th, 2020, 8:59 am

Here it is again with shortened silence at beginning/end.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/musicalinstrument_browning_hlj_128kb.mp3
Time: 3:37

Forum Directory Name: Heidi L. Johnson

Thank you!
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Post by HLinnae » October 26th, 2020, 9:01 am

Third time's a charm: Intro silence shortened to less than 1 sec. :)

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/musicalinstrument_browning_hlj_128kb.mp3
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Post by aradlaw » October 26th, 2020, 9:30 am

Thanks for the edit Heidi, your catalog page has been updated. :)
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Post by BrizeCrize » October 26th, 2020, 2:30 pm

Here's my take, 2:14 in length. Fist time here in fortnightly, timing sounds about right, and I liked the sound of this one. Let me know if anything else is needed.
Thanks,
Brize

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/musicalinstrument_browning_bc_128kb.mp3

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Post by RomaSingh » October 26th, 2020, 5:43 pm

Beautiful poem! Enjoyed reading it. My contribution at 2:07. Thanks.
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/musicalinstrument_browning_rs_128kb.mp3

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Post by brucek » October 27th, 2020, 8:47 am


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Post by brucek » October 27th, 2020, 8:56 am

And yours is PL OK, David. :)

~~~~~
Bruce.

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