Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many Librivox volunteers as possible!
This week we read O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman. Thanks to yoyology for suggesting we do this for President?s Day! The poem can be found on Bartleby: http://www.bartleby.com/101/743.html
At the beginning, read the abbreviated "librivox disclaimer":O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
By Walt Whitman
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
"O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman, read for librivox.org by [your name]" or some variation on that, adding date, location, your personal url, if you wish.
At the End say: End of poem.
Save your recording as an mp3 file using the following filename and ID3 tag format:
File name ? all in lowercase: captain_whitman_[your initials].mp3
Title: O Captain! My Captain! - Read by [your initials]
Artist: Walt Whitman
Album: LibriVox Weekly Poetry
Please be sure that your recording software is set to the following technical specifications:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHzs
You may either post a link to your completed files here in the thread or email them to me via http://www.yousendit.com/ at this address: ac DOT timshel AT gmail DOT com. If you use yousendit, it is also a good idea to post the link it generates in this thread as well.
When you post your link, please include your name as you would like it credited on the catalog page and any URL by which you would like it accompanied.
If you wish to contribute, please have your readings submitted by 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 25th (that's 23.00 gmt, on the same day).
(And remember, anyone who submits a recording can choose the next weekly poem! If you'd like to suggest a poem or coordinate a future Weekly Poetry project, please visit this thread: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1114)