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Extended Audio Sample Bird Songs in Literature: Bird Songs and the Poems They Have Inspired, by Joseph Wood Krutch, Peter Kellogg Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Wood Krutch, Peter Kellogg Narrator: Frederick G. Marcham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This rare treat for the nature lover is a special collection of over forty bird songs and the beloved poems they inspired.

The songs of birds have been an inspiration to poets since before the days of Chaucer. But how many of us who have read about the skylark and nightingale since our school days have ever heard their famous song? And how many of us realize the extent to which birds have appeared in the works of leading English and American poets?

In this unique audiobook, the songs and calls of fifty of the more common birds of England and North America are paired with such classic poems as “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Oriole’s Secret” by Emily Dickinson, “An Essay on Man” by Alexander Pope, “Roadless Area” by Paul Brooks, “To a Skylark” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Jackdaw” by William Cowper, “The Birds of Killingworth” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Princess” by Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The Oven Bird” by Robert Frost, “Thoreau’s Flute” by Louisa May Alcott, “The Wasteland” by T. S. Eliot, and “The Song of Songs” from the Old Testament. No effort was spared in obtaining the best field recordings to supplement those used from the Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Catherine | 4/18/2012

    " I can't say I really listened to this closely. The narrator of the recording sounded like an elderly gentleman which I found a bit grating and the interspersed bird calls throughout were not all harmonious which detracted from an enjoyable experience... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tif | 10/25/2009

    " I liked the idea of the audio book, but I was disappointed to find the reader talked about the poetry, reciting only a few lines of each poem rather than reading the entire poem. My cat appreciated the bird songs, though. "

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About the Author

Joseph Wood Krutch (1893–1970) was an American writer, critic, and naturalist. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he initially studied at the University of Tennessee before receiving a master’s degree from Columbia University. He is the author of several books on a variety of topics, including biographies of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau. The Measure of Man, which is perhaps his most enduring work, was published in 1954 and won the National Book Award for Nonfiction the following year. After moving to Arizona in 1952, he wrote books on ecology, the southwestern desert environment, and the natural history of the Grand Canyon, winning renown as a naturalist and conservationist.

About the Narrator

Frederick G. Marcham is an ornithologist, naturalist, and professor of English history at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.