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Turns and Movies - Early Poetry of Conrad Aiken

Conrad Aiken

Conrad Aiken was fascinated throughout his early work with the image of a tempestuous, romantic young man who tears himself away from his wife, his first love, and from a pastoral, peaceful life in a rural setting, to pursue what he hopes will be a richer, fuller, more rewarding life in a great city. In this book, Aiken explores this theme in full, especially in the final long poem, Dust in Starlight, which also forms Part III of his trilogy, Earth Triumphant. However, that story is not the only concern in this collection. He also provides us with a stunningly dry-eyed study of existence in the trenches of World War I, an environment as far from the urban heart-searchings of his primary poems as one could imagine. Throughout the book, Aiken's work is deeply embedded in his vivid perceptions of the natural world, the qualities of light and shadow, the mysteries of night and darkness, the strangely mixed peace and fury of rain and wind and storm. He expresses himself in deeply musical fashion, using repetition, theme, and rhythm much as a composer would, providing a hypnotic experience of the power of musical language. Enjoy!

Conrad Aiken was fascinated throughout his early work with the image of a tempestuous, romantic young man who tears himself away from his wife, his first love, and from a pastoral, peaceful life in a rural setting, to pursue what he hopes will be a richer, fuller, more rewarding life in a great city. In this book, Aiken explores this theme in full, especially in the final long poem, Dust in Starlight, which also forms Part III of his trilogy, Earth Triumphant. However, that story is not the only concern in this collection. He also provides us with a stunningly dry-eyed study of existence in the trenches of World War I, an environment as far from the urban heart-searchings of his primary poems as one could imagine. Throughout the book, Aiken's work is deeply embedded in his vivid perceptions of the natural world, the qualities of light and shadow, the mysteries of night and darkness, the strangely mixed peace and fury of rain and wind and storm. He expresses himself in deeply musical fashion, using repetition, theme, and rhythm much as a composer would, providing a hypnotic experience of the power of musical language. Enjoy!
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Conrad Aiken was fascinated throughout his early work with the image of a tempestuous, romantic young man who tears himself away from his wife, his first love, and from a pastoral, peaceful life in a rural setting, to pursue what he hopes will be a richer, fuller, more rewarding life in a great city. In this book, Aiken explores this theme in full, especially in the final long poem, Dust in Starlight, which also forms Part III of his trilogy, Earth Triumphant. However, that story is not the only concern in this collection. He also provides us with a stunningly dry-eyed study of existence in the trenches of World War I, an environment as far from the urban heart-searchings of his primary poems as one could imagine. Throughout the book, Aiken's work is deeply embedded in his vivid perceptions of the natural world, the qualities of light and shadow, the mysteries of night and darkness, the strangely mixed peace and fury of rain and wind and storm. He expresses himself in deeply musical fashion, using repetition, theme, and rhythm much as a composer would, providing a hypnotic experience of the power of musical language. Enjoy!

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

2h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:39


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:54