August 20th, 2008
|05:35 pm - Michael Sheen|
Talking about poetry, I'm listening at the moment to 'Great Poets of the Romantic Age' which is read by Michael Sheen. My god he is brilliant. In particular his reading of William Blake - wonderful.
I was listening to Augeries of Innocence on the way home yesterday, and Sheen read it with such conviction that there were tears falling from my eyes as I walked along. I was hoping nobody would come the other way and see. It's a difficult, staccato poem, and I wish I could let you hear how he did it.
Sheen will be playing Brian Clough in The Damned United which I am really looking forward to.
How many times have I thought of these words of Blake's--
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
"And a heaven in a wild flower,
"Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
"And eternity in an hour.
--and never known (however unbelievable it may be; and I don't like to admit it!) that they are followed by these ones--
"A robin redbreast in a cage
"Puts all heaven in a rage.
"A dove-house fill'd with doves and pigeons
"Shudders hell thro' all its regions.
"A dog starv'd at his master's gate
"Predicts the ruin of the state.
"A horse misused upon the road
"Calls to heaven for human blood.
"Each outcry of the hunted hare
"A fibre from the brain does tear...."
Thanks so much for my belated education. (I would have been privileged to "come the other way and see" as you were walking along and listening.) Now I need to find out how I can hear Sheen reading Blake.
It's so powerful. He reads it with such anguished conviction