[POETRY] The Secret Key, And Other Verses, by George Essex Evans - lny

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » November 20th, 2020, 10:57 pm

[POETRY] The Secret Key, And Other Verses, by George Essex Evans (1863-1909).

Born in London of Welsh parents, George Essex Evans was raised and educated by his mother Mary Ann (née Owen) in Pembrokeshire after she was widowed when George was only a few months old. Emigrating to Queensland, Australia with his siblings at age 17 with the intention of farming, Evans however was badly injured in a horse-riding accident, when he was thrown against a tree, and was unable to do any physical work.

Evans was described as a reserved man, and at times rather moody and impulsive. However, he was also described as a kind person and a loyal friend. He had a strong sense of honour and self-respect, traits which made him a model husband and father.

Evans was described as having a tremendous memory, particularly for poetic verse, of which he was able to recite a prodigious amount. Few of his contemporaries were able to match his breadth of knowledge of English, American and Australian poetry.

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"Sorry, my tongue got in the way of my eye-tooth, and I couldn't see what I was saying..."
Dramatic Readings of Henry Lawson's Stories
Wine and Roses, by Victor J Daley
The Secret Key, by George Essex Evans
Poems, by Roderic Quinn

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Post by Kalamareader » November 21st, 2020, 2:09 pm

Sure Chris, that sounds like fun.

One side note, I lived in England for a couple of years a long time ago, and a portion of that time was in the East End of London where the Cockneys live. I was reading something on line about the Australian 'accent' and always noted that there seemed to be a bit of Cockney in it, and what I read said Yes, I did hear that because in the early days many of the people who emigrated to Australia were from Southeast England and many were Cockneys. Interesting.

Also, I often put "accent" in quotation marks because when I was living in England I was the one with the accent, not them. I knew a young lady (married) when I was there that told me that it seemed so strange hearing my voice come out of my face because I looked just like an old boyfriend of hers in Peterboro. Small world.

Wayne

P.S. Should I try to do it in my poor Aussie, or just straight in my American accent?
Wayne
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Post by linny » November 22nd, 2020, 7:54 am

I can MC this for you. Will you be DPLing yourself?

MW is up. :D

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » November 22nd, 2020, 8:29 pm

linny wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 7:54 am
Will you be DPLing yourself?
Yes, I'll be the DPL.

Many thanks,
Chris
"Sorry, my tongue got in the way of my eye-tooth, and I couldn't see what I was saying..."
Dramatic Readings of Henry Lawson's Stories
Wine and Roses, by Victor J Daley
The Secret Key, by George Essex Evans
Poems, by Roderic Quinn

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Post by alanmapstone » November 22nd, 2020, 8:57 pm

Hi Chris
Can I read sections 1 36-40 and 59 please.
These looks very interesting. 👍
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » November 22nd, 2020, 8:58 pm

Kalamareader wrote:
November 21st, 2020, 2:09 pm
Sure Chris, that sounds like fun.

One side note, I lived in England for a couple of years a long time ago, and a portion of that time was in the East End of London where the Cockneys live. I was reading something on line about the Australian 'accent' and always noted that there seemed to be a bit of Cockney in it, and what I read said Yes, I did hear that because in the early days many of the people who emigrated to Australia were from Southeast England and many were Cockneys. Interesting.

Also, I often put "accent" in quotation marks because when I was living in England I was the one with the accent, not them. I knew a young lady (married) when I was there that told me that it seemed so strange hearing my voice come out of my face because I looked just like an old boyfriend of hers in Peterboro. Small world.

Wayne

P.S. Should I try to do it in my poor Aussie, or just straight in my American accent?
I think you should read it however the poem inspires you to, Wayne.

Many thanks,
Chris
"Sorry, my tongue got in the way of my eye-tooth, and I couldn't see what I was saying..."
Dramatic Readings of Henry Lawson's Stories
Wine and Roses, by Victor J Daley
The Secret Key, by George Essex Evans
Poems, by Roderic Quinn

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » November 22nd, 2020, 9:03 pm

alanmapstone wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 8:57 pm
Hi Chris
Can I read sections 1 36-40 and 59 please.
These looks very interesting. 👍
Thanks, Alan, signing you up!

Cheers,
Chris
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Dramatic Readings of Henry Lawson's Stories
Wine and Roses, by Victor J Daley
The Secret Key, by George Essex Evans
Poems, by Roderic Quinn

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Post by silverquill » November 22nd, 2020, 9:12 pm

May I read 12 and 46?
~ Larry

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » November 22nd, 2020, 11:35 pm

silverquill wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 9:12 pm
May I read 12 and 46?
Signed up, Larry!

Thanks,
Chris
"Sorry, my tongue got in the way of my eye-tooth, and I couldn't see what I was saying..."
Dramatic Readings of Henry Lawson's Stories
Wine and Roses, by Victor J Daley
The Secret Key, by George Essex Evans
Poems, by Roderic Quinn

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Post by linny » November 23rd, 2020, 1:41 pm

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 8:29 pm
linny wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 7:54 am
Will you be DPLing yourself?
Yes, I'll be the DPL.

Many thanks,
Chris
Thanks! You're in. :D

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Post by Bucksaw » November 23rd, 2020, 1:54 pm

I'd love to do 24 and 10 if you have the room for it!
-Buck

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Post by alanmapstone » November 24th, 2020, 3:24 am

Section 59 - Seddon

https://librivox.org/uploads/linny/secretkey_59_evans_128kb.mp3
1;57

For a man of his time he showed a good concern about deforestation :thumbs:

Can I add 28 (Cymru) to my list?
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Post by Kalamareader » November 24th, 2020, 12:26 pm

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 8:58 pm

I think you should read it however the poem inspires you to, Wayne.
Many thanks,
Chris
Chris,

I first read it without the 'accent' and the more I thought about it, as the Australian 'accent' is really the newest one I have tried and am working on, I thought I probably couldn't keep it consistent through such a long reading, so American is what you get. :mrgreen: But like you said, with just a couple of words that may sound a little strange or out of place to an American ear if they listen closely, this could also be the story of our country.

https://librivox.org/uploads/linny/secretkey_03_evans_128kb.mp3

Time: 2:58

Hope you like it.

Wayne
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Post by Gizzylove » November 24th, 2020, 1:17 pm

Hi! Can I claim section 9, section 10, and section 20 please? :D

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » November 24th, 2020, 11:29 pm

Bucksaw wrote:
November 23rd, 2020, 1:54 pm
I'd love to do 24 and 10 if you have the room for it!
-Buck
Thank you, Buck! You're signed up.

Cheers,
Chris
"Sorry, my tongue got in the way of my eye-tooth, and I couldn't see what I was saying..."
Dramatic Readings of Henry Lawson's Stories
Wine and Roses, by Victor J Daley
The Secret Key, by George Essex Evans
Poems, by Roderic Quinn

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