Song of Myself is a poem by Walt Whitman. In this video the poem is read by Tom O’Bedlam. This poem was published in 1855 where Whitman celebrates himself and suggests that parts of him are also parts of the reader.
Morgan Freeman explains what Nelson Mandela is like and how the Nobel Peace Prize winner relied on this poem by William Ernest Henley for strength while imprisoned on Robben Island for 27 years.
Daffodils is a poem by William Wordsworth. This poem was published in 1807 and talks about Daffodils that he saw while walking by Ullswater on a stormy day with Dorothy, his sister.
Ode on a Grecian Urn is a poem by John Keats. This poem was published in 1820 and talks about an ancient Greek vase with a pastoral scene. In this video the poem is read by Tom O’Bedlam.
Death the Leveller is a poem by James Shirley. This is a poem about the dismal march of death that tramples down human pride and pomp.
A Dream Within A Dream is a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. In this video the poem is read by Tom O’Bedlam. This poem was published in 1849 and talks about Virginia Clemm, Poe’s Cousin, whom he married when she was 13 and he was 27. Virginia became ill with tuberculosis when she was 20 and died when she was 24. This provides some insight into Poe’s melancholia.
Birches is a poem by Robert Frost which he reads in his own voice here. This poem was published in 1920 and talks about the power of imagination as it moves from a playful phase towards the brink of dangerous supremacy.
I started Early is a poem by Emily Dickinson which was published in 1924. This poetry animation is created by Maureen Selwood and read by Blair Brown.
On His Blindness is a poem by John Milton. This poem was written in either 1652 or 1656 and is an autobiographical sonnet in which Milton meditates on his own loss of sight.
Remembrance is a poem by Emily Bronte. This poem was published in 1846 and talks about the memory of a lover that becomes a guiding force to her. This video is Performed by Frankie MacEachen.
Go and catch a falling star is a poem by John Donne read by Richard Burton. This poem offers clever arguments and examples about how impossible it is to find a faithful and honest woman.
All the way is a poem by Charles Bukowski
This video is directed, filmed and edited by Willem Martinot
Based on “roll the dice” by Charles Bukowski
Voice: Tom O’Bedlam
Parable of the Madman is a poem by Friedrich Nietzsche. In this video the poem is read by Ravi Zacharias. Although Friedrich Nietzsche was an atheist philospher who rejected the Christian faith, he was brutally honest about what a true atheistic worldview would entail.
Life is a poem by Charlotte Brontë from the book ‘Poems’ (1846) by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (AKA Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë). In this poem the poet expresses her views about life by saying that life is full of meetings and partings.
Hook is a poem by James Wright that talks about a young Sioux who had a hook instead of a hand. This poem is from the collection ‘To a Blossoming Pear Tree’ published in 1977.
Robert Lowell reads his poem ‘Pigeons – For Hannah Arendt’. Robert Lowell ended his 1961 collection of ‘translations’ – Imitations – with his version of Rilke’s poem – Pigeons – which he dedicated to Hannah Arendt.
Peace is a poem by Rupert Brooke from the first of his sonnets in the 1914 sequence. This sonnet celebrates what Brooke feels is his generation’s great fortune to be born to fight in the First World War.
Robert Hayden reads his own poem Those Winter Sundays which was first published in 1962. In this poem, the poet looks back on his childhood relationship with his father.
A Description of the Morning is a poem by Jonathan Swift. In this video it is read by om O’Bedlam. This poem is Jonathan Swift’s portrayal of a typical morning in London during the early 1700s.
The Landscape of Exile is a poem by Bertolt Brecht from Modern European Poetry, ed. Willis Barnstone, translated by Edwin Morgan, grateful acknowledgement. Images from wikimedia commons. First image of Augsburg.
Dear Heart, Why Will You Use Me So? is a poem by James Joyce. In this video it is recited by The Wordman. This poem expresses the poet’s realization of the dissolution of love attributed to his beloved along with fears of being fooled in love.
Adlestrop is a poem by Edward Thomas read by Jean Aked in this video. This poem celebrates a short and tranquil moment in the English countryside.
The Crescent Moon is a poem by Amy Lowell read by Jean Aked in this video.
Aubade is a poem by Philip Larkin read by the poet himself. a poem set in the early morning hours explores how we deal with death’s inescapability.
Dreams is a poem by Langston Hughes read by the poet himself. In this poem the poet discusses the value of dreaming and compares the death of a dream to life being a broken winged bird.
My Last Duchess is a poem by Robert Browning read by Tom O’Bedlam in this video. Written in 1841, My Last Duchess is the dramatic monologue of the duke of Ferrara who is negotiating his second marriage through an agent of the count of Tyrol on the grand staircase of the ducal palace at Ferrara in northern Italy.
Enjoy this passage by CS Lewis from The Four Loves. It begins with – To love at all is to be vulnerable…
The poem The Mother is an anti-abortion poem by the poet Gwendolyn Brooks. It is an emotional outpour of the sense of guilt by a mother who has performed one or more abortion.
The Genius Of The Crowd is a poem by Charles Bukowski. This video poem is a clip from Clip from : Born into This.
A Supermarket in California is a poem by Allen Ginsberg read by Tom O’Bedlam in this video. This poem is both an ode to Ginsberg’s poetic hero, Walt Whitman, as well as an early experimentation with many of the themes that would dominate his work throughout his career.