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George Santayana

George Santayana was born in Spain, educated in Boston and taught at Harvard before returning to Europe to spend the last forty years of his life writing. He is primarily known as a philosopher, his five-volume The Life of Reason being his magnus opus. But he also wrote a successful novel, The Last Puritan, as well as plays, essays and poetry. During his time at Harvard he influenced many of his student including T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost. Of these poems which he chose to collect together in this volume he says, "What I felt when I composed those verses could not have been rendered in any other form. Their sincerity is absolute, not only in respect to the thought which might be abstracted from them and expressed in prose, but also in respect to the aura of literary and religious associations which envelops them. . . . In one sense I think that my verses, mental and thin as their texture may be, represent a true inspiration, a true docility. . . . For as to the subject of these poems, it is simply my philosophy in the making." (From the Preface) The collection consists of fifty sonnets, a few odes an a selection of miscellaneous poems. The volume concludes with as essay about Santayana by poet and literary critic Edmund Gosse who says of Santayana's poetry, "Only in solitude can soliloquies be appreciated, and Mr. Santayana is not an author for loud streets..." Summary by Larry Wilson

George Santayana was born in Spain, educated in Boston and taught at Harvard before returning to Europe to spend the last forty years of his life writing. He is primarily known as a philosopher, his five-volume The Life of Reason being his magnus opus. But he also wrote a successful novel, The Last Puritan, as well as plays, essays and poetry. During his time at Harvard he influenced many of his student including T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost. Of these poems which he chose to collect together in this volume he says, "What I felt when I composed those verses could not have been rendered in any other form. Their sincerity is absolute, not only in respect to the thought which might be abstracted from them and expressed in prose, but also in respect to the aura of literary and religious associations which envelops them. . . . In one sense I think that my verses, mental and thin as their texture may be, represent a true inspiration, a true docility. . . . For as to the subject of these poems, it is simply my philosophy in the making." (From the Preface) The collection consists of fifty sonnets, a few odes an a selection of miscellaneous poems. The volume concludes with as essay about Santayana by poet and literary critic Edmund Gosse who says of Santayana's poetry, "Only in solitude can soliloquies be appreciated, and Mr. Santayana is not an author for loud streets..." Summary by Larry Wilson
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George Santayana was born in Spain, educated in Boston and taught at Harvard before returning to Europe to spend the last forty years of his life writing. He is primarily known as a philosopher, his five-volume The Life of Reason being his magnus opus. But he also wrote a successful novel, The Last Puritan, as well as plays, essays and poetry. During his time at Harvard he influenced many of his student including T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost. Of these poems which he chose to collect together in this volume he says, "What I felt when I composed those verses could not have been rendered in any other form. Their sincerity is absolute, not only in respect to the thought which might be abstracted from them and expressed in prose, but also in respect to the aura of literary and religious associations which envelops them. . . . In one sense I think that my verses, mental and thin as their texture may be, represent a true inspiration, a true docility. . . . For as to the subject of these poems, it is simply my philosophy in the making." (From the Preface) The collection consists of fifty sonnets, a few odes an a selection of miscellaneous poems. The volume concludes with as essay about Santayana by poet and literary critic Edmund Gosse who says of Santayana's poetry, "Only in solitude can soliloquies be appreciated, and Mr. Santayana is not an author for loud streets..." Summary by Larry Wilson

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

2h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:36