O Hollow Hollow Hollow

W. S. Gilbert (1836 - 1911)

LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of O Hollow Hollow Hollow by W.S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 8, 2012.

Here is a poem by the "fleshly" poet, Bunthorne, from the opera Patience, by Gilbert and Sullivan. Who better to introduce it than the poet himself:

BUNTHORNE. It is a wild, weird, fleshy thing; yet very tender, very yearning, very precious. It is called, "Oh, Hollow! Hollow! Hollow!"
PATIENCE Is it a hunting song?
BUNTHORNE. A hunting song? No, it is not a hunting song. It is the wail of the poet's heart on discovering that everything is commonplace. To understand it, cling passionately to one another and think of faint lilies.

Bunthorne was considered to have been modelled on Oscar Wilde, but more recent research has suggested that this claim is not correct. ( Summary by Algy Pug )

Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by BG Bob Gonzalez
00:01:27
Play 02 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by CM Christopher Maust
00:01:02
Play 03 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by DL David Lawrence
00:01:17
Play 04 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by FS fshort
00:01:16
Play 05 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by GHS Algy Pug
00:01:16
Play 06 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by JLS Jessica Louise
00:01:16
Play 07 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by KG Kristin G.
00:01:12
Play 08 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by KMW kelleywyskiel
00:01:25
Play 09 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by LAH Lee Ann Howlett
00:01:15
Play 10 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by LLW Leonard Wilson
00:01:32
Play 11 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by MC Mona Curtis
00:01:17
Play 12 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by MG Martin Geeson
00:01:36
Play 13 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by NLB NoelBadrian
00:01:18
Play 14 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by REF Rhonda Federman
00:01:15
Play 15 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by RN ravenotation
00:01:23
Play 16 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by TRM Thom
00:01:27
Play 17 O Hollow! Hollow! Hollow! - Read by XYB Pascal Ramseier
00:01:14