Poetry speaks to each of us at another level, below our consciousness. Like music, it reaches inside to touch us. While most of us first experience poetry read aloud as children, we almost never hear a poem once we’ve grown up. Yet spoken poetry can be a visceral, exhilarating experience. Poetry Speaks 2Go attempts to create (or perhaps recreate) that experience. It is our hope that this introduction to William Butler Yeats will be the beginning of a journey for you.
In this enhanced e-book, you’ll find a short biography of Yeats’ life, along with an essay about Yeats written by Seamus Heaney. Perhaps most importantly, we also include audio of this historic poet reading his own work, with a brief introduction by Peabody Award winner Charles Osgood. Hearing Yeats read his own work is a singular experience, one that can’t be replicated by any other actor or orator. Our hope is that this introduction will help you want to explore Yeats on your own, or, at the very least, have a terrific working knowledge of this outstanding poet.