Perhaps the first great and truly "American" poet, Walt Whitman's writing reflected the idealism and turbulence of the mid-19th century. His poetry broke new stylistic ground with its unconventional meter and rhyme schemes, yet celebrated democratic values, the beauty of nature, and the complex variety and vitality of American life. The Poetry of Walt Whitman presents 32 of his most remarkable works, including "In Paths Untrodden", "For You O Democracy", and "Tears", eloquently performed by Joan Allen, Bill Pullman, Burt Reynolds, and seven other renowned actors.
Great narrators. Infuriating piano
First get some world class voices to read this magnificent poetry. Now put an over caffeinated three year old banging away with a hammer on a piano in the background.
Sure it's some legitimate classical piano piece by a talented artist. But who cares. It's so stupendously at odds with the rhythm and tone of the poetry, so maliciously distracting that the whole thing, no matter how well narrated, is truly abysmal. All the artists are fine on their own merits. But whatever producer put this cacophony together and doggedly insisted on the piano, disregarding the score of people advising her otherwise... Well. Let's just hope she's learned from the experience.
The rest of us need not suffer the same myopia. Do not buy this.
Piano is played in the background!!!!!!!!!!