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Episode 1:
Reverberance: A Poetic Rhapsody and a Call for Rhapsodes
Duration: 44:36
Bob Gonzalez describes his vision for reviving the role of the rhapsodes of ancient Greece in the present day.
Featuring the poetry of Walt Whitman, Alfred Tennyson, Homer, Hesiod, William Shakespeare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Leigh Hunt, Robert Frost, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Rhapsodize Podcast #1
Reverberance: A Poetic Rhapsody and a Call for Rhapsodes

00:00 – Introduction. What can I say to plead my case?
02:11 – “Have you reckoned a thousand acres much?”
(from Song of Myself by Walt Whitman)
03:10 – Socrates from Plato’s dialogue, Ion
4:05 – Rhapsodes of ancient Greece & the present day
05:30 – “The Splendor Falls”
(from section III of The Princess by Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
07:10 – A Reverberance of Rhapsodes
08:13 – Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite
10:02 – Hesiod’s Heliconian Muses
12:20 – Memorizing poetry
13:40 – Now entertain conjecture of a time
16:32 – Performing poetry: three camps
17:47 – Rhapsodizing classic poetry
21:16 – Why memorize and perform poetry?
23:39 – “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
26:02 – Audience response
26:39 – “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
29:22 – Rhapsodic repertory and study
31:29 – “To a Fish” and “A Fish Answers” by Leigh Hunt
33:57 – Rhapsodizing rather than writing
35:03 – “Hyla Brook” by Robert Frost
36:53 – How to reverberate the sounds of poetry
38:48 – “Excelsior!” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
42:08 – What more can I tell you?

Three More Related Podcasts

While we build our library of Rhapsodize Lyceum episodes, quench your thirst for more rhapsodic informational shows by listening to these three LibriVox Community Podcasts on rhapsodizing poetry with contributions from the LibriVox rhapsodizing contingent and hosted by Rhapsodize founder, Bob Gonzalez, and Rhapsodize co-founder, Denis Daly.

Performing Poetry: Part One
Performing Poetry: Part Two
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

LibriVox Community Podcast #119

Duration: 33m. 47s.

Part One of a two-part series on Performing Poetry on LibriVox.

With contributions from: Scott Werner, Lars Rolander, Lucy Perry, Carol Box, Piotrek81, Rhonda Federman, Timothy Ferguson, and TriciaG.

Bob Gonzalez – Introduction & Preview 00:00
Scott Werner, KZ88 – Thanks to LibriVox 01:09
Lars Rolander – Branching out into reading poetry, How to find new poetry 03:48
The Weekly Poem: November 11, 2005
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae 06:30
Lucy Perry on the Weekly Poetry & Excerpt from her favorite reader 08:24
Carol Box on her poetry experience & excerpts from Algy Pug and Leonard Wilson 12:59
Piotrek81 on reading poetry on LibriVox 16:51
Rhonda Federman on her experience and thoughts on reading poetry 18:54
Bob Gonzalez on rhapsodes ancient and contemporary 20:15
Timothy Ferguson on an under-represented Australian poet 23:50
TriciaG – A blooper reel 28:24
Bob Gonzalez – Conclusion & Outro 32:26

LibriVox Community Podcast #120

Duration: 48m. 39s.

Part Two of a two-part series on Performing Poetry on LibriVox.

With contributions from: Lucy Perry, Martin Geeson, Algy Pug, Leonard Wilson and TriciaG.

Bob Gonzalez – Introduction & Preview 00:00
Lucy Perry on hosting the 5th Anniversary podcast 01:58
Bob Gonzalez shrewdly analyzes Lucy Perry’s story 04:34
TriciaG’s persuasive promo for Faust II 07:00
Bob Gonzalez rambling on about performing poetry 08:14
Martin Geeson Part 1 – On the poetry voice 11:22
Bob Gonzalez interrupting with some further comments on Dylan Thomas 16:25
Algy Pug Part 1 on Poetry 18:28
Martin Geeson Part 2 21:32
Algy Pug Part 2 25:20
Leonard Wilson on performing poetry 29:54
Bob Gonzalez nattering on about reading vs. performing poetry 37:05
Martin Geeson Part 3 38:27
TriciaG – A blooper reel 44:13
Bob Gonzalez – Conclusion & Outro 48:05

LibriVox Community Podcast #132
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Hosted by Algy Pug (aka Denis Daly)
Duration: 49m. 54s.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám is one of the best loved and most widely translated collections of poetry in world literature. In this podcast, Librivox volunteers discuss different aspects of the Rubaiyat, and we share some excerpts from the many recordings of the Rubaiyat in the Librivox catalogue.

0:00 – Introduction
2:50 – Bob Gonzalez interviews Algy Pug
24:35 – Librivox recordings of the Rubaiyat
38:59 – Amy Gramour’s Rubaiyat project
41:22 – Mostafa with an insider’s view of the Rubaiyat
48:22 – Conclusion

There are many online sources for Rubaiyat material, but one of the best, and one that has often been used as the source for texts in Librivox recordings is this one.

Another excellent source for Rubaiyat material is Richard Brodie’s site

Excerpts from the following Librivox recordings have been used in this podcast:

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, translated by Edward Fitzgerald – First Edition
Read by Alaaious
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, translated by Edward Fitzgerald – Fifth Edition
Read by Nathan
Quatrain, translated by H.G Keene
Read by Leonard O’Connor
Quatrain, translated by Sir William Jones
Read by Lee Ann Howlett
18 Quatrains from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, translated by Whitley Stokes
Read by Barty Begley
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, translated by Edward Whinfield
Read by Mostafa, Noel Badrian, Rhonda Federman and DublinGothic
Omar Resung, by Charles Blanden
Read by Cathy Barratt, Bob Gonzalez and Bev Stevens
Quatrains of Omar Khayyám of Nishapur, translated by E.F. Thompson
Read by Elizabeth Klett and Jannie
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, translated by H.M. (Jessie) Cadell
Read by Amy Gramour
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