Who would have known that there are recordings of Tennyson, Browning, and Whitman reading their own poems? There are, and they are included in the book with CD set Poetry Speaks. In the 1890s inventor Thomas Edison chose very famous and popular poets for some of his early recordings. Listening to their florid presentations, I appreciate the modern poets with their more intimate readings on discs two and three. The large book profiles forty-two poets, includes the poems read on the CDs, and adds analyses by other poets. Charles Osgood narrates the entertaining CDs. Most libraries should have Poetry Speaks.
Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath. Naperville, IL: SourceBooks MediaFusion, 2001. ISBN 1570717206