Item description for A Christmas Collection (Poetry) by Christina Hardyment...
Christmas brings out the best and worst in us, as can be seen in this evocative anthology. Among what Thomas Love Peacock calls the 'many poetical charms in the heraldings of Christmas' there are eulogies by saints and diatribes from curmudgeons. Here, Christmas is expounded by divines, sung by rustics, deplored by philosophers, made mystical in stories...and summed up in a line by the poet Elizabeth Jenkins: 'The hush, the star, the baby, people being kind again'.
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Format: Audiobook, Classical, Unabridged
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.6" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.24 lbs.
Publisher Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN 9626341491 ISBN13 9789626341490
Availability 0 units.
More About Christina Hardyment
Christina Hardyment is the author of more than 10 books on literature and social history, including "Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands "and "The World of Arthur Ransome." She reviews regularly for the "Times "and the "Independent."
Reviews - What do customers think about A Christmas Collection (Poetry)?
Like a Christmas stocking full of goodies Dec 8, 2002
What Naxos has done here is put together an anthology of Christmas poetry, musings and other Christmas fair to serve up a delightful listen. Starting with an ancient Christmas carol and even a recipe circa 1300 the listener is treated to poetry, thoughts and reflections from various authors on what Christmas is, and is not about. I have to admit it took me a while to get into this recording but once I did I found myself touched by the Christmas spirit. Indeed I actually bought this last year and saved it for this year's holiday season to listen to. Among the poetry and observations, there are also a few short stories, and evena play. As well interspersed throughout the readings are Christmas carols and classical Christmas music. Its a fine collection although its mostly for adults. In adition one truly must be a lover of English literature to fully appreciate this anthology; the overall theme of this after all has to do with Christmas time in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I would highly recommended if one enjoys works and authors from these time periods. Its great to listen to with a cup of cocoa, or exotic coffee. This book contains 2 CDs and is read by a variety of readers. merry Christmas.