#1 27th January 2007, 09:47 AM
I read this poem a few times first:
but much better is the poet's own reading of it here courtesy of salon.com.
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
I'm loving the audio, as I had the pauses and the emphases on totally different syllables to the poet. The poem doesn't follow a set rhythmical pattern and so when reading it I found it difficult to know when to read through to the next line and when to pause. Now I've listened to it I can "auralise" the written words as I read it again.
As an aside, why there isn't more poetry on audiobooks I don't know. Maybe Poetry on the Underground should have been through the loudspeakers rather than on the posters. And I'd also like waterproof poetry books so I can read aloud con gusto in the bath or shower.
Perhaps the best review I've seen is this poster on poemhunter.com. Step forward Fred Carter you magnificent bastard: