Sunday, March 30, 2008

Old Sounds

Jeffrey Smith of The Roving Medievalist highlights a French inventor's historic 1860 recording of a folk song

Those interested in historic recordings might like to consult The Poetry Archive which carries a number of historic recordings of poets reading their own poetry.

Included are:

Robert Browning (1812-1889) reading an extract of "How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix "

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) reading "Tarantella" and "The Winged Horse"

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) reading "Journey of the Magi", an Extract from "Four Quartets " and "The Waste Land"

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) reading "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" and

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) reading "The Charge of the Light Brigade"