38 episodes

Because reading is interpretation, The Well Read Poem aims to teach you how to read with understanding! Hosted by poet Thomas Banks of The House of Humane Letters, these short episodes will introduce you to both well-known and obscure poets and will focus on daily recitation, historical and intellectual background, elements of poetry, light explication, and more!

Play this podcast daily and practice reciting! The next week, get a new poem. Grow in your understanding and love of poetry by learning how to read well! Brought to you by The Literary Life Podcast.

The Well Read Poem Thomas Banks

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Because reading is interpretation, The Well Read Poem aims to teach you how to read with understanding! Hosted by poet Thomas Banks of The House of Humane Letters, these short episodes will introduce you to both well-known and obscure poets and will focus on daily recitation, historical and intellectual background, elements of poetry, light explication, and more!

Play this podcast daily and practice reciting! The next week, get a new poem. Grow in your understanding and love of poetry by learning how to read well! Brought to you by The Literary Life Podcast.

    "Sonnet 130: My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun" by William Shakespeare

    "Sonnet 130: My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun" by William Shakespeare

    In this seventh season, we are going to read six poems about romantic love. Love may seem to be the most fundamental subject for poetry, but interestingly, it is not. When we consider the great poetic traditions of almost any people, we find that love is by no means the first matter that has inspired their poets. Today's piece is "Sonnet 130: My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun" by William Shakespeare. Poem begins at timestamp 5:13.

    • 7 min
    "A Farewell to Arms" by George Peele

    "A Farewell to Arms" by George Peele

    In this seventh season, we are going to read six poems about romantic love. Love may seem to be the most fundamental subject for poetry, but interestingly, it is not. When we consider the great poetic traditions of almost any people, we find that love is by no means the first matter that has inspired their poets. Today's piece is "A Farewell to Arms" by George Peele. Poem begins at timestamp 5:28.

    • 10 min
    "A Sonnet (Two Voices Are There)" By James Kenneth Stephenson

    "A Sonnet (Two Voices Are There)" By James Kenneth Stephenson

    In this sixth season of The Well Read Poem, we will read a number of examples of classic satire in verse. Some of these are playfully teasing, while others are deliberately savage. All of them taken together, I trust, will provide a happy introduction to the fine art of verbal annihilation. Today’s poem is "A Sonnet (Two Voices Are There)" by James Kenneth Stephenson. Poem begins at timestamp 3:51.

    • 10 min
    “A Satire Against Mankind” by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

    “A Satire Against Mankind” by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

    In this sixth season of The Well Read Poem, we will read a number of examples of classic satire in verse. English poetry is particularly rich in satire, and we will take a close look at some of the best instances of literary mockery that the past several centuries have bequeathed to us. All of them taken together will provide a happy introduction to the fine art of verbal annihilation. Today’s poem is  a selection from “A Satire Against Mankind” by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Poem begins at 3

    • 10 min
    “To a Poet, Who Would Have Me Praise Certain Bad Poets, Imitator of His and Mine” by William Butler Yeats

    “To a Poet, Who Would Have Me Praise Certain Bad Poets, Imitator of His and Mine” by William Butler Yeats

    In this sixth season of The Well Read Poem, we will read a number of examples of classic satire in verse. English poetry is particularly rich in satire, and we will take a close look at some of the best instances of literary mockery that the past several centuries have bequeathed to us. All of them taken together, I trust, will provide a happy introduction to the fine art of verbal annihilation. Poem begins at timestamp 7:01.

    • 8 min
    "Zimri" from "Absalom and Achitophel" by John Dryden

    "Zimri" from "Absalom and Achitophel" by John Dryden

    In this sixth season of The Well Read Poem, we will read a number of examples of classic satire in verse. English poetry is particularly rich in satire, and we will take a close look at some of the best instances of literary mockery that the past several centuries have bequeathed to us. Some of these are playfully teasing, while others are deliberately savage. Today’s selection is from a longer piece called Absalom and Achitophel, by John Dryden. Poem begins at timestamp 5:19.

    • 12 min

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165 Ratings

New Thoughts for Old People ,

An enjoyable treat!

Thank you, Mr. Banks, for starting this podcast. I recently started reading poetry again, found out about this podcast, and am now thoroughly enjoying a few quiet moments to listen when you post! Sometimes I need to listen more than once to capture the beauty of the words. So glad you put time and effort into bringing poetry back into the spotlight.

J-Rob55 ,

A little corner to seek beauty.

Thank you for bringing this into the world. It’s a gift to sit still for a moment and listen to Thomas Banks read a poem with insight and guidance. It allows me and my family to think deeply and absorb more.

Smart People Comedy ,

Thank you!

Been enjoying this weekly with my 13 year old daughter and it’s truly brought joy and a delicious air of mystery to our home!

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