Tales From The Woods
By Dennis Publishing Ltd
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Tales From The Woods is a thrilling, impassioned hymn of praise to trees and the English countryside from one of our best-loved poets.
Felix Dennis, one of Britain’s best loved poets, assumes the mantle of the Green Man as he takes readers on a journey into the wildwood, across hill and dale, from farm to forest, river bank to rushy mere, poacher’s copse to bluebell wood— and on a journey back in time, ‘when a squirrel could swing from Bight to Wight’ before ‘the Weald gave way to plough’.
His eye misses nothing — from the quality of light in early morning to the joyous exuberance of young birds learning to fly; from a hornbeam’s delicate shades of green in spring to the ‘kamikaze’ obduracy of ornamental maples refusing to shed their leaves in November gales. Here is ‘Mrs. Fox’ making a home for her cubs in an abandoned cellar; a spider attacking a sea-green dragonfly caught in its web; an apple tree that has learned to ‘walk’; and the terrible curse of a veteran tree marked for felling.
Beautifully illustrated by Bill Sanderson throughout, Tales From The Woods will be greeted with delight by all lovers of trees and the countryside — and especially by those who have already fallen under the spell of a poet described by one eminent critic and author as ‘a 21st-century Kipling’.
Felix Dennis is a publisher, poet and planter of trees. His five previous books of poetry have made him one of Britain’s best-loved poets and his poetry has been performed by The Royal Shakespeare Company on both sides of the Atlantic. His hugely popular poetry tours are the subject of a forthcoming documentary, Full House. He lives in England, the USA and on the Caribbean island of Mustique.
EVEN BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL EXCELLENT BOOK
Being honest, poetry reading is not really my thing so when my wife booked tickets to this tour, I was underwhelmed.
However he is mesmerising - the poetry is clever, powerful and bears reading and re-reading. It is even better when you listen to him reading it.
But this app, with both spoken words and video, AND the text of all the poetry is brilliantly conceived and excellent.
If you had told me a year ago that I would have loved a poetry reading, bought the book and listened to the CD, and now also bought the app, I would have suggested you had me wrong!
Instead, I am pleased to review this app as a worthy and gentle way of absorbing Felix's gentle and lovely verse, and his fun in reading it to us. Great fun, soft, gently engaging, subtle, clever, well-textured, just excellent.
Very nicely done
I admit that poetry is not always top of my reading list but I thought I'd give this a try as it was cheap.
I found myself actually enjoying poetry for the first time in years as the authors verse is actually very accessible and enjoyable. The app is well done too and really easy to navigate. The videos do add to the download time though so be prepared to give up a chunk of your memory for this.
A Stolen Hour...
What a wonderful experience. Taking an hour today to do as the book suggests and find a lovely spot to read these poems...as well as listen and watch them!
(I recommend the Bishop's Palace Gardens in Wells under the Tree of Heaven, by the way!)
The poet's voice is wonderful and the poems transport the reader into the woods...as well as into an ideal of the past.
Now to go and choose a tree to plant.
- Category: Books
- Released: 09 September 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 181 MB
- Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
- Developer: Dennis Publishing Limited
- © 2010 Felix Dennis
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.