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The Daily Poem

The Daily Poem offers one essential poem each weekday morning. From Shakespeare and John Donne to Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson, The Daily Poem curates a broad and generous audio anthology of the best poetry ever written, read-aloud by David Kern and an assortment of various contributors. Some lite commentary is included and the shorter poems are often read twice, as time permits. The Daily Poem is presented by Goldberry Studios. dailypoempod.substack.com

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Recent Episodes of The Daily Poem


William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee...")

William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee...")

Today’s poem–arguably the Bard’s most famous sonnet–will set the stage for four days of dramatically underrated Shakespearean sonnets. Happy reading!



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Episode 3 June 2024 8m and 59s


Oliver Herford's "The Early Owl"

Oliver Herford's "The Early Owl"

From a New York Times obituary of Oliver Herford (1860-1935): "His wit…was too original at first to go down with the very delectable highly respectable magazine editors of the Nineties. It was odd, unexpected, his own brand. It takes genius to write the best nonsense, which is often far more sensible than sense. Herford's, the result of care and polish, looked unforced.…Intelligent, thoughtful, well-bred, what with his animals and his children and his artistic simplicities, he was remote from the style of the best moderns. No violence, no obscenity, not even obscurity or that long-windedness which is the...

Episode 31 May 2024 3m and 7s


A. A. Milne's "Bad Sir Brian Botany"

A. A. Milne's "Bad Sir Brian Botany"

Today’s poem is a good reminder about noblesse obliges. Happy reading!



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Episode 30 May 2024 4m and 19s


Robert Louis Stevenson's "My Bed is a Boat"

Robert Louis Stevenson's "My Bed is a Boat"

Today’s poem might be a perfect companion to a bedtime-reading of Where the Wild Things Are on a balmy summer evening.



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Episode 29 May 2024 4m and 24s


Hilaire Belloc's "Rebecca, Who Slammed Doors for Fun and Perished Miserably"

Hilaire Belloc's "Rebecca, Who Slammed Doors for Fun and Perished Miserably"

Today’s poem is another from Belloc–one of his Cautionary Tales for Children just in time for the beginning of a quiet summer (maybe?).



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Episode 28 May 2024 8m and 3s


Hilaire Belloc's "On the Gift of a Book to a Child"

Hilaire Belloc's "On the Gift of a Book to a Child"

Today’s poem is a series of increasingly vital pleas. Happy reading.

For more of Belloc’s advice to the young, find yourself a copy of Cautionary Tales for Children!



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Episode 27 May 2024 3m and 47s


Bonus: "Morituri Salutamus" in full

Bonus: "Morituri Salutamus" in full

Today we’re feeling out a Saturday bonus episode featuring a reading of “Morituri Salutamus” in its entirety. Happy reading!



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Episode 25 May 2024 16m and 22s


Selections From Longfellow's "Morituri Salutamus"

Selections From Longfellow's "Morituri Salutamus"

Today’s episode features selections from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s fifty-year retrospective on his own graduation, the lengthy speech-in-verse, “Morituri Salutamus: Poem for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Class of 1825 in Bowdoin College.” Come back tomorrow to hear the poem in full. Happy reading!



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Episode 24 May 2024 8m and 38s


Christina Rossetti's "Up-Hill"

Christina Rossetti's "Up-Hill"

Today’s poem from Christina Rossetti is not about high school or college, but it might still be about graduation. Happy reading!



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Episode 23 May 2024 6m and 6s


C. P. Cavafy's "Che Fece...Il Gran Rifiuto"

C. P. Cavafy's "Che Fece...Il Gran Rifiuto"

Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis, known, especially in English, as Constantine P. Cavafy and often published as C. P. Cavafy, was a Greek poet, journalist, and civil servant from Alexandria. A major figure of modern Greek literature, he is sometimes considered the most distinguished Greek poet of the 20th century.

-bio via Wikipedia



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Episode 22 May 2024 9m and 20s

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