Six centuries of verse



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[United States] : Athena ; Silver Springs, MD : Acorn Media, [2010]
3 videodiscs (approximately 410 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
9781598283730, 1598283731

Originally produced in 1984

Disc 1. episodes 1-6: Chaucer to Ted Hughes, 1384-1984 ; Old English ; Chaucer, 1340-1400 ; Medieval to Elizabethan, 1400-1600 ; Shakespeare, 1564-1616 ; Metaphysical & devotional, 1590-1670 -- Disc 2. episodes 7-11: Milton, 1608-1674 ; Restoration & Augustan, 1660-1745 ; Romantic pioneers, 1750-1805 ; Wordsworth, 1770-1850 ; Younger romantics, 1800-1824 -- Disc 3. episodes 12-16: Victorians, 1837-1901 ; American pioneers, 1855-1910 ; Romantics & realists, 1870-1920 ; Early twentieth century, 1914-1939 ; Towards the present, 1934-1984

Traces the evolution of English-language poetry from Beowulf to modern times. Historical background complements the seductive rhythms of the poems themselves, as performed by the greatest actors of our times. Features works by great English and American poets, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Emily Dickinson, John Milton, and many more

Special features: 20-page viewer's guide includes what to listen for, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, glossary, English verse by era, and more; lives of the poets; about the actors

Licensed for public performance

Anthony Hopkins, Ian Richardson, Julian Glover, Lee Remick, Peggy Ashcroft, Ralph Richardson, Stacy Keach, among others

Not rated

DVD, region 1, full screen (4:3), NTSC; Dolby Digital

Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing

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