COMPLETE - Weekly Poetry - Song, by John Donne - PO/ll

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Post by Peter Why » January 15th, 2006, 4:49 am

All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/song-by-john-donne/

Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many Librivox volunteers as possible! Have fun!

Here's a complicated little poem by John Donne, who must just have been jilted when he wrote it.



John Donne. 1573?1631

Song

GO and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the Devil's foot;
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy's stinging,
And find
What wind
Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights
Till Age snow white hairs on thee;
Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me
All strange wonders that befell thee,
And swear
No where
Lives a woman true and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know;
Such a pilgrimage were sweet.
Yet do not; I would not go,
Though at next door we might meet.
Though she were true when you met her,
And last till you write your letter,
Yet she
Will be
False, ere I come, to two or three.



You can access the poem here in the Bartleby collection:

http://www.bartleby.com/101/196.html

If you wish to contribute, please have your readings submitted by 5:00 PST on Saturday, January 21st.

Please post a link to your version in a reply to this post, or use http://yousendit.com to send your file directly to me at peter[dot]planete[at]tiscali[dot]co[dot]uk Do tell me your name, so you can be credited with the reading ... do you want a pseudonym or your real name to be used? ... and give your url if you have one and want it to be published.


File name: song_donne_[your initials].mp3

ID-3 tags:

Title: Song
Artisit: John Donne
Album: Librivox Weekly Poetry

... perhaps adding "Recorded by .." in the Comment.

New readers: remember to read the "librivox disclaimer" at the beginning of your poem, e.g. "Song, By John Donne, read for librivox.org by [your name]" or some variation on that, adding date, location, your personal url, if you wish.

Please read the Recording Notes http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430

Enjoy yourself! I look forward to listening.

(and remember, anyone who submits a recording can choose the next weekly poem! If you'd like to pick next week's poem, just post here!)

Peter
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Post by Peter Why » January 15th, 2006, 5:18 am

Just to get the ball rolling, here's my attempt .. though to my ear, the best "reading" is in a song sung by John Renbourn.

http://s60.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=01HRM00EE5J2C19LA1UIE106P9

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Post by Hammadkhan » January 15th, 2006, 11:32 am

What a fantastic poem.
This is my first attempt at reading a poem so feedback would be appreciated.
http://s48.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=21UCBX915AH992JPEGA7660NU1
Hammad

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Post by Peter Why » January 15th, 2006, 3:24 pm

Hammad, poem received and listened to. Thank you very much; very well timed, and expressively read.

You *are* getting a little "popping", with your breath hitting the microphone on P-type sounds; not enough to harm this recording. You can avoid this happening by moving your mike to one side of your mouth (or above/below it) so it catches the sound of your voice but your breath goes past it. Some people use a pop-shield (if I have the name right!) and say it's quite effective .. I think it's usually a ring with a layer of thin, tight material stretched across it.

Peter

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Post by martinc » January 16th, 2006, 6:21 am

Peter

I have followed your advice and jumped in, not sure how to link to this email so will use yousendit

Comments and advice welcome - is the titling and tagging ok?

Martin

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Post by Peter Why » January 16th, 2006, 11:24 am

Thanks Martin:

Very clear and well-paced.

I've edited the tags a little: John Donne as the Artist; Librovox Weekly Poetry as the Album.

Do you want your name to go into the Comments section as the reader?

Do you have a URL you want mentioned?

I hope you don't mind, but I've also edited out a noticeable click at the very beginning of the file.

The way to put the link here: when yousendit has finished uploading your poem to its site, it displays a URL for you. Right click on this and "Copy Shortcut", then paste it into a note in the forum, highlight it and click URL on the toolbar to make it into an active link.

Here's the link, for anyone else to download:

http://s42.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=16LB80O5L7G4P3KUC6TAW7FAWY


Peter

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Post by martinc » January 16th, 2006, 11:48 am

Thanks Peter - I didn't notice the click unitl I had sent it so thanks for sorting that out - I have now had a bit of practice with Audacity so should improve.

Please do use my name in the comments section.

It had just dawned on me how to put in the link which is why I came back to the computer and picked up your message - the cogs grind slowly.

No URL to mention at present - I have two web sites on for cookery and one for Photo albums but nothing of interest to this forum at the moment.

Martin

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Post by peastman » January 16th, 2006, 11:52 am

I just read "Howl's Moving Castle", in which this poem figures prominently. Ok, I definitely need to give this one a try. :)

Peter

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Post by ceastman » January 16th, 2006, 5:12 pm

Well, Peter and I just read "Howl's Moving Castle" aloud to each other (great book if you're stuck in airports for egregious amounts of time!). Here's mine:

http://s23.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3TUZB3H8EW8TV2RMUTQ72KY6R6

Running time 1:39 (with requisite 5 sec silence at end)

-Catharine

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Post by peastman » January 16th, 2006, 5:49 pm

Here's my version:

http://s5.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=194ZCUWKFI8BF14YOW301WN2DN

It's fun doing the part of a really bitter person. :)

Peter (Eastman)

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Post by Hammadkhan » January 16th, 2006, 10:20 pm

Thanks Peter, I'll try what you suggested for the popping sound. I might need a better mike.

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Post by ChipDoc » January 16th, 2006, 10:28 pm

Though a better mic is always a good thing, you can get surprisingly good results out of the microphones you can buy in the computer store for a pittance. Try positioning the mic slightly above and off to one side of your mouth. That'll help reduce the popping considerably and it'll also give the recordings a much greater dynamic range.

Welcome to LibriVox, Hammadkhan!
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Post by LibraryLady » January 16th, 2006, 11:02 pm

What a lovely bitter poem! Here's mine:

http://www.anniecoleman.com/resources/song_donne_apc.mp3
Name: Annie Coleman
URL: http://www.anniecoleman.com
Annie Coleman Rothenberg
http://www.anniecoleman.com/

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Post by BradBush » January 17th, 2006, 11:21 am

I have enjoyed all the versions of this poem so far, but the word "wind" is bothering me.

Is it definative that it is wind short I (the blowing kind), and not wind long I (the watch kind)? Wind the watch kind can also be a noun, and might fit better with the rhyme and maybe even the context (as watches advance and the blowing wind does not):
And find
What wind
Serves to advance an honest mind.
Just a fun intellectual question really...

Brad

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Post by kayray » January 17th, 2006, 11:35 am

English pronunciation has undergone a great many shifts over time. When the poem was written, "find" and "wind" (the kind that blows) rhymed!
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