50 Classic Poems read by 12 celebrities


1: Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
read by Eileen Atkins 0:06
2: W.H. Auden, Musee des Beaux Arts
read by Jodie Foster 2:13
3: John Berryman, Henry’s Confession
read by Gary Sinise 3:41
4: Elizabeth Bishop, Filling Station
read by Glenn Close 4:55
5: William Blake, The Tyger
read by Helem Mirren 6:48
6: Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool
read by Morgan Freeman 8:23
7: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
read by Helen Mirren 9:08
8: Robert Burns, To a Mouse
read by Billy Connolly 10:18
9: George Gordon, Lord Byron, I would I were a careless child
read by Robert Sean Leonard 12:29
10: Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky
read by Eileen Atkins 15:17
11: Geoffrey Chaucer, The General Prologue
read by Lynn Redgrave 16:48
12: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan
read by Robert Sean Leonard 19:31
13: Hart Crane, To Brooklyn Bridge
read by Sam Waterston 22:13
14: e.e. cummings, if everything happens that can’t be done
read by Eileen Atkins 25:17
15: Emily Dickinson, 1263 (There is no Frigate like a Book)
read by Glenn Close 26:41
16: John Donne, Song (Go and catch a falling star)
read by John Lithgow 27:14
17: T.S. Eliot, Rhapsody on a Windy Night
read by Morgan Freeman 28:28
18: Robert Frost, Birches
read by John Lithgow 32:01
19: William S. Gilbert, Love Unrequited, or The Nightmare Song
read by John Lithgow 35:40
20: Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California
read by Gary Sinise 39:16
21: Robert Herrick, The Beggar to Mab, The Fairy Queen
read by Billy Connolly 41:48
22: Gerald Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty
read by Kathy Bates 43:09
23: A.E. Housman, When I Was One and Twenty
read by Robert Sean Leonard 44:02
24: Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues
read by Morgan Freeman 44:57
25: Randall Jarrell, Death of a Ball Turret Gunner
read by Gary Sinise 46:42
26: Ben Jonson, Inviting a Friend to Supper
read by Robert Sean Leonard 47:19
27: John Keats, To Autumn
read by Lynn Redgrave 49:52
28: Philip Larkin, Days
read by Susan Sarandon 52:00
29: Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat
read by Billy Connolly 52:39
30: H.W. Longfellow, A Psalm of Life
read by John Lithgow 54:10
31: Robert Lowell, The Public Garden
read by Billy Conolly 55:58
32: Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress
read by John Lithgow 57:39
33: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Love is Not All
read by Jodie Foster 1:00:00
34: Marianne Moore, Poetry
read by Kathy Bates 1:01:07
35: Ogden Nash, No Doctor’s Today, Thank You
read by John Lithgow 1:02:55
36: Dorothy Parker, Afternoon
read by Glenn Close 1:04:29
37: Edgar Allen Poe, Annabel Lee
read by Sam Waterston 1:05:27
38: Ezra Pound, The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter
read by Jodie Foster 1:07:50
39: Christina Rosetti, Up-Hill
read by Helen Mirren 1:09:43
40: Carl Sandburg, Chicago
read by Gary Sinise 1:10:56
41: Shakespeare, Fear No More the Heat o’ the Sun
read by Lynn Redgrave 1:13:04
42: Percy Bysshe Shelley, To a Skylark
read by Glenn Close 1:14:28
43: Edmund Spenser, Sonnet 75 (One day I wrote her name upon the strand)
read by Susan Sarandon 1:18:55
44: Gertrude Stein, If I Told Him
read by Kathy Bates 1:20:00
45: Wallace Stevens, The Emperor of Ice-Cream
read by Kathy Bates 1:24:28
46: Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night
read by Susan Sarandon 1:25:25
47: Walt Whitman, There was a Child went Forth
read by Sam Waterston 1:26:44
48: William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow
read by Jodie Foster 1:31:38
49: William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
read by Helen Mirren 1:32:06
50: William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree
read by Eileen Atkins 1:33:25

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