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"Three Generations
in a Court of Domestic Relations,"
by Ruth Draper

Hit Parade from 1951


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "The Elf-King"


Heinrich Heine, Songs





Passages from the Bible and Related Works


Ludovico Ariosto,
Orlando Furioso,
trans. Sir John Harington

Torquato Tasso,
Jerusalem Delivered,
trans. Edward Fairfax


Edmund Spenser,
The Faerie Queene


Titta Ruffo reading
"To Be or Not to Be"
in Italian, ca. 1920

Titta Ruffo reading Hamlet's address to the ghost in Italian, ca. 1920
(Shown costumed as Hamlet in 1912)



John Dryden,
Absalom and Achitophel








Gilbert Highet,
"Rhythm in Poetry"

(To view the text while listening to the lecture, click here first.)


John Milton,