Vintage Verse Rhapsody: A Poetry Collection


A collection of poetry selected and performed by Bob Gonzalez, rhapsode. Rhapsodes of Ancient Greece were “song-stitchers,” performing selections from the epics of Homer and Hesiod. The contemporary rhapsode performs the classical poetry of his or her language, culture, and tradition. Any particular collection and arrangement of poems for performance I term a “rhapsody.” In general terms, a rhapsody is an ecstatic expression of feeling and enthusiasm. In music, a rhapsody is an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation. The poems in this rhapsody comprise a number of poems that I have performed in public and known for much of my life as well as several recent additions to my repertory. They are arranged in chronological order from the 16th century to the early 20th century. Some of the poets represented here are Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Alexander Pope, William Blake, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, and Robert Frost. (Summary by Bob Gonzalez)

Genre(s): Poetry

Language: English

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 What is Our Life? Sir Walter Raleigh Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:01:05 en
Play 02 There is a Lady Sweet and Kind Anonymous Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:01:27 en
Play 03 My Love is Like to Ice, Sonnet 30 Edmund Spenser Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:03:26 en
Play 04 My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is Sir Edward Dyer Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:03:01 en
Play 05 Sonnet 02 William Shakespeare Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:05:21 en
Play 06 Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV) Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:05:18 en
Play 07 Song John Donne Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:05:11 en
Play 08 The Glories of our Blood and State James Shirley Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:01:28 en
Play 09 Sonnet 19 John Milton Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:01:12 en
Play 10 The Constant Lover Sir John Suckling Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:01:02 en
Play 11 To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:02:41 en
Play 12 On a Fly Drinking Out of His Cup William Oldys Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:00:52 en
Play 13 Solitude Alexander Pope Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:01:25 en
Play 14 A Poison Tree William Blake Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:02:30 en
Play 15 It is a Beauteous Evening William Wordsworth Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:02:14 en
Play 16 Kubla Khan Samuel Taylor Coleridge Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:03:18 en
Play 17 The River of Life Thomas Campbell Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:01:29 en
Play 18 Abou Ben Adhem Leigh Hunt Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:03:50 en
Play 19 The First Kiss of Love George Gordon, Lord Byron Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:02:18 en
Play 20 Love's Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:02:12 en
Play 21 To Autumn John Keats Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:08:52 en
Play 22 Snowflakes Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:03:46 en
Play 23 The Conqueror Worm Edgar Allan Poe Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:02:30 en
Play 24 Ulysses Alfred, Lord Tennyson Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:04:44 en
Play 25 The Two Old Bachelors Edward Lear Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:03:14 en
Play 26 A Noiseless Patient Spider Walt Whitman Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:06:16 en
Play 27 In A Library Emily Dickinson Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:04:16 en
Play 28 Jabberwocky Lewis Carroll Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:04:21 en
Play 29 The Windhover Gerard Manley Hopkins Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:02:41 en
Play 30 The New Colossus Emma Lazarus Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:01:21 en
Play 31 When I was one-and-twenty A. E. Housman Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:02:47 en
Play 32 The Road Not Taken Robert Frost Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:02:23 en
Play 33 The Great Lover Rupert Brooke Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:05:39 en