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Christmas Poetry

Thomas Hardy

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Christmas Poetry. An Introduction. Christmas, they say, comes but once a year. In these days it seems to also last for much of that year but this volume is not just for Christmas! For the religious amongst us this annual celebration of the Birth of Christ must seem bitter sweet; it’s acknowledgment by billions of people countered by the pervasive spread of material possessions translating the event to little more than a sales pitch for their own wares. Most religions celebrate their founders but Christianity seems somehow to have lost possession of one of its key rituals in an ever more secular West. The spread of globalisation seems to have hindered rather than helped the true meaning of the festival. Children today are much more interested in what presents they might receive than any spiritual message. As parents too, most of us buy into this and indulge our offspring rather than instil the underlying themes and aims of the festival’s meaning common to us all. In this collection we rely on the words and wisdom of such fine poets as John Milton, Emily Dickinson, Sir Walter Scott, Daniel Sheehan, Wordsworth, Longfellow and a whole host of others to absorb us in a Christmas time of hope and togetherness. The experiences and memories they share with us speak of a time, of a world that did have a common purpose and an ambition to share good fortune with everyone. This selection is read for you by Ghizela Rowe and Tim Graham.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Emily Dickinson, Daniel Sheehan, William Wordsworth, Ghizela Rowe

Length:

1h


Chapters

Free Sample

01:35

Introduction
Introduction

01:40


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

00:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

00:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:24


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

00:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

00:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:06