Poetry, Prose, and Literature

This area of my web site dedicated to the memory of my father and his love of poetry and the English language. I have acted as editor and selected poems from both English and American sources. I also include appropriate works of the English language that are not poetry, but might as well be for their effect. The timeframe ranges from the thirteenth century to the nineteen-sixties. My ear tells me my voice - inflection, intonation, rhythm - does not do justice to these great works. Therefore, I have enlisted the aid of a great family friend, the Dr. Robert Ashton Morgan, a retired Presbyterian minister, to read for us. Dr. Morgan

You should see two audio controls in the table below. If you don't see at least one of them, please e-mail me - I would like to work through instructions on this page so folks can install an audio plugin. If you see both, see which one let's you hear the poems more quickly. If you connect to the Internet through a telephone modem, I would be interested in learning whether you could hear the poems in a timely fashion. Here below is a test poem for you to try.

Check to see if you have an audio plugin installed so you can listen to these poems Test
This is Windows MediaPlayer - push play and the poem will play as it downloads - this is called streaming audio. This is the Quicktime player - it also seems to stream the audio - watch the download progress in the indicator bar.
 If the poem skips during the 1st playing let the whole poem play and then run it again - the skips will disappear  If the poem skips just hit stop then run it again and it won't skip -there is a volume control at the extreme left of this control
Epitaph -Sir Walter Raleigh

Even such is time, that takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with earth and dust;
Who, in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days;
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust!

If you reached this page from a search engine, my compendium of classic English and American poetry is Here