The Wild Swans at Coole

Read by Nicole Lee

(4.2 stars; 4 reviews)

The Wild Swans at Coole is a collection of poems by William Butler Yeats, first published in 1917. It is also the name of a poem in that collection. The Wild Swans at Coole is in the "middle stage" of Yeats' writing and is concerned with, amongst other themes, Irish nationalism and the creation of an Irish aesthetic. (Summary by Wikipedia) (1 hr 1 min)


Section 1 29:20 Read by Nicole Lee
Section 2 32:23 Read by Nicole Lee


an average reading of Yeats's poetry

(3 stars)

The reader has a soft, pleasant English voice which is nice to listen to, but the delivery is rather flat and brisk. In my personal opinion, most of Yeats's poems really ought to be read slower and with more grandeur or solemnity. At least all the poems are read correctly and understandably though, which is more than I can say for quite a few Librivox readers of Yeats's poetry. I also appreciate that the poems in this collection are recorded in batches on single tracks, only because it means I don't have to hear "this is a Librivox recording -- all Librivox recordings are in the public domain" -- every 45 seconds.