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Six centuries of verse

Author: John GielgudPeggy AshcroftNicholas GecksJulian GloverIan RichardsonAll authors
Publisher: [United States] : Athena ; Silver Springs, MD : Acorn Media, [2010]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Cultural television programs
Educational television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Television programs for the hearing impaired
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: John Gielgud; Peggy Ashcroft; Nicholas Gecks; Julian Glover; Ian Richardson; Ralph Richardson, Sir; Lee Remick; Stacy Keach; Anthony Hopkins; Anthony Thwaite; Richard Mervyn; Diana Potter; Thames Television, ltd.; Athena (Firm); Acorn Media (Firm)
ISBN: 9781598283730 1598283731
OCLC Number: 601978886
Language Note: In English; with optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Originally produced in 1984.
On container: Poetry's greatest hits brought to life.
Special features: lives of the poets; about the actors. Print viewer's guide, which includes what to listen for, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, glossary, English verse by era, and more.
Credits: Editor, Brian Mongini, Sharon Goodman ; photography, Frank Hodge [and others].
Cast: Presented by John Gielgud ; Peggy Ashcroft, Cyril Cusack, Nicholas Gecks, Julian Glover, Lee Remick, Ian Richardson, Ralph Richardson, Stacy Keach, Anthony Hopkins.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 3 videodiscs (approximately 410 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 viewer's guide (17 pages ; 15 cm)
Details: DVD, region 1, full screen (4:3), NTSC; Dolby Digital.
Contents: Disc 1. episode 1. Chaucer to Ted Hughes, 1384-1984 ; ep. 2. Old English ; ep. 3. Chaucer, 1340-1400 ; ep. 4. Medieval to Elizabethan, 1400-1600 ; ep. 5. Shakespeare, 1564-1616 ; ep. 6. Metaphysical & devotional, 1590-1670 (ca. 152 min.) --
Disc 2. ep. 7. Milton, 1608-1674 ; ep. 8. Restoration & Augustan, 1660-1745 ; ep. 9. Romantic pioneers, 1750-1805 ; ep. 10. Wordsworth, 1770-1850 ; ep. 11. Younger romantics, 1800-1824 (ca. 128 min.) --
Disc 3. ep. 12. Victorians, 1837-1901 ; ep. 13. American pioneers, 1855-1910 ; ep. 14. Romantics & realists, 1870-1920 ; ep. 15. Early twentieth century, 1914-1939 ; ep. 16. Towards the present, 1934-1984 (ca. 130 min.).
Responsibility: Thames ; compiled by Anthony Thwaite ; series written by Anthony Thwaite ; series producer, Diana Potter ; produced and directed by Richard Mervyn.

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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.

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