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Nocturne of Remembered Spring - Early Poetry of Conrad Aiken

Conrad Aiken

What Spoon River Anthology does for a Midwestern small town, Turns and Movies does for the world of vaudeville. Like Masters, like Aiken: passions, betrayals, secrets, sins, victories, defeats, and inevitable losing struggles against age and death are the stuff of this work. And that's only the first part of the book. The rest of the book consists of a set of four long poems: Discordants, Evensong, Disenchantment and This Dance of Life. In these poems Aiken takes on a subject that strikes home now just as much as it did then: what happens to love when the flame of romance flickers, or even goes out? Aiken's men - he always writes from a man's point of view - make a variety of decisions, but for Aiken, the underlying determinant of all of those choices, for good or ill, is the ongoing, quiet, patient force of life itself: "A light wind blew; the curtains stirred; The east grew pale; a sleepy bird Sang a few notes, then life was still: A calm, unhurrying, soulless will." Aiken's words may be a almost a century old, but they still speak powerfully today. Enjoy!

What Spoon River Anthology does for a Midwestern small town, Turns and Movies does for the world of vaudeville. Like Masters, like Aiken: passions, betrayals, secrets, sins, victories, defeats, and inevitable losing struggles against age and death are the stuff of this work. And that's only the first part of the book. The rest of the book consists of a set of four long poems: Discordants, Evensong, Disenchantment and This Dance of Life. In these poems Aiken takes on a subject that strikes home now just as much as it did then: what happens to love when the flame of romance flickers, or even goes out? Aiken's men - he always writes from a man's point of view - make a variety of decisions, but for Aiken, the underlying determinant of all of those choices, for good or ill, is the ongoing, quiet, patient force of life itself: "A light wind blew; the curtains stirred; The east grew pale; a sleepy bird Sang a few notes, then life was still: A calm, unhurrying, soulless will." Aiken's words may be a almost a century old, but they still speak powerfully today. Enjoy!
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What Spoon River Anthology does for a Midwestern small town, Turns and Movies does for the world of vaudeville. Like Masters, like Aiken: passions, betrayals, secrets, sins, victories, defeats, and inevitable losing struggles against age and death are the stuff of this work. And that's only the first part of the book. The rest of the book consists of a set of four long poems: Discordants, Evensong, Disenchantment and This Dance of Life. In these poems Aiken takes on a subject that strikes home now just as much as it did then: what happens to love when the flame of romance flickers, or even goes out? Aiken's men - he always writes from a man's point of view - make a variety of decisions, but for Aiken, the underlying determinant of all of those choices, for good or ill, is the ongoing, quiet, patient force of life itself: "A light wind blew; the curtains stirred; The east grew pale; a sleepy bird Sang a few notes, then life was still: A calm, unhurrying, soulless will." Aiken's words may be a almost a century old, but they still speak powerfully today. Enjoy!

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

2h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:54