Published: March 2005

Two senior members of the English faculty have recently released CDs of spoken verse: John Mahoney’s The Poetry of Faith and Fr. Robert Barth’s Poetry of William Wordsworth. The mostly-classic poems (which range from biblical verses to a work by Paul Mariani, a current member of Boston College faculty) are delivered in classic style, underscoring plain meaning and narrative form.

John Mahoney, the Rattigan Professor of English Emeritus and author or editor of 11 books, reads The Poetry of Faith (2005). Before he retired in 2002, Mahoney taught “Poetry of Religious Experience” and as professor emeritus he teaches “Poets, Poems, and Poetics.” The album includes 37 works from the Old Testament, New Testament, and Koran, and poets from William Blake and Emily Dickinson, to Seamus Heaney.

Professor J. Robert Barth, SJ, the James P. McIntyre Chair in the English department and author of seven books, reads 14 works for Poetry of William Wordsworth (2004), his fourth poetry recording.

Many of the recordings include short introductions to the poems.

This feature was posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 and is filed under Audio.
Writer: Jeanne C. Williams
Recorded in Boston College's Media Technology Services studios.