Leda

Aldous HUXLEY (1894 - 1963)

Though he gained recognition for his later essays and novels, Aldous Huxley started his writing career as a poet. Published in 1920, Leda is his fourth compilation of poetry. It begins with the passionate and slightly erotic poem "Leda", which recalls the love affair between Queen Leda, the mother of Helen of Troy, and her swan, Zeus in disguise. Some short poems follow. The book ends with two long sections. The first, "Beauty," is a short collection of vignettes where the author reflects on the concept of beauty through an ideal model of physical desire, Helen of Troy. The second, "Soles Occidere et Redire Possunt," or "Suns Can Set, and Suns Can Rise Again," is another long poem which reflects a day in the life of John Ridley, a deceased friend of Huxley's, who was mentally challenged throughout his entire life.. - Summary by Mary Kay

Genre(s): Single author

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Leda, Part I sdaeley17
00:06:48
Play 02 Leda, Part II sdaeley17
00:10:42
Play 03 Leda, Part III sdaeley17
00:07:40
Play 04 Leda, Part IV sdaeley17
00:07:13
Play 05 The Birth of God sdaeley17
00:02:14
Play 06 On Hampstead Heath J. McDougall
00:01:08
Play 07 Sympathy sdaeley17
00:00:48
Play 08 Male and Female Created He Them sdaeley17
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Play 09 From the Pillar sdaeley17
00:01:06
Play 10 Jonah sdaeley17
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Play 11 Variations on a Theme sdaeley17
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Play 12 A Melody of Scarlatti sdaeley17
00:00:33
Play 13 A Sunset sdaeley17
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Play 14 Life and Art sdaeley17
00:00:57
Play 15 First Philosopher's Song sdaeley17
00:01:12
Play 16 Second Philosopher's Song Rohasfin
00:01:08
Play 17 Fifth Philosopher's Song Rohasfin
00:00:52
Play 18 Ninth Philosopher's Song Rohasfin
00:01:56
Play 19 Morning Scene SkyAlbatross
00:00:47
Play 20 Verrey's SkyAlbatross
00:01:02
Play 21 Frascatti's Jacquelyn Bengfort
00:01:17
Play 22 Fatigue Jacquelyn Bengfort
00:01:25
Play 23 The Merry-Go-Round Jacquelyn Bengfort
00:02:01
Play 24 Back Streets J. McDougall
00:01:35
Play 25 Last Things Jack Watson Warr
00:01:35
Play 26 Gothic Jack Watson Warr
00:01:24
Play 27 Evening Party Jack Watson Warr
00:01:14
Play 28 Beauty, Parts I-V Jack Watson Warr
00:05:51
Play 29 Beauty, Parts VI-VIII Jack Watson Warr
00:06:12
Play 30 Soles Occidere et Redire Possunt, Foreward and Parts I-XI Mark Chulsky
00:41:40