Another audio tip:
Use your phone to record your own reading of the poem. No-one likes listening to their own voice, but do, and improve your version; this is a very good way to understand the poem, especially its rhythm and sound patterns, and will also help you learn it off by heart.
This post will be refreshed every now and then with more helpful audio, including material about the poets.
- An audio guide from The Big Read, with readings by Mary Jo Salter
- 'St Kevin and the Blackbird'
- 'The Annals Say'
- 'Postscript' (from 7:02)
- 'Mossbawn - Sunlight', 'The Undergound', 'St Kevin and the Blackbird' from Poetry Archive.
- One for the Library or a healthy credit card: a 15-CD set of Heaney reading his Collected Poems.
- 'Church Going'
- 'The Whitsun Weddings'
- The Sunday Sessions, a CD from Faber and Faber, includes readings by the author of 'MCMXIV' (above), 'The Explosion', 'The Trees', 'Church Going', 'The Whitsun Weddings', 'At Grass' and 'An Arundel Tomb'.
- 'The Whitsun Weddings' and 'The Trees' on Poetry Archive.
- 'An Arundel Tomb', 'Ambulances', 'At Grass' and 'The Trees' [read by 'Tom O'Bedlam']
- 'The Chinese Restaurant at Portrush' (at 1:56)
- 'A Disused Shed in County Wexford' read by the actor Stephen Rea.
- 'Black Rook in Rainy Weather'
- Readings from Ariel (no course poems)
- The Caedmon CD (no course poems).
- Four poems, including 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'.
- 'Easter 1916' and 'September 1916' read by 'Tom O'Bedlam'.