My first reaction was that one I pointed the list to awhile back that was
performed by an amateur was going to be better but then I got warmed up
to Hopkins. I went back to Hopkins' reading after getting your note.
The recording is about six and a half minutes long. At about 1:40 I
noticed a difference in tone. It turns out that the first quarter of
the poem is mainly description. The real character of Prufrock starts
to show with "Do I dare?" and from that point Hopkins has a character
By the way, check out the directory listing at
There are 37 audio files. The first 32 mix readings with instruction.
The last five are just readings. There are two varieties of each file
but I think they are duplicates with the shorter named file (but larger
in size) being recorded at a higher fidelity. With spoken word recordings
there probably is not much of a difference for most listeners though.
Peter Montgomery wrote:
> Thanks Rickard. A curious reading. I liked the second half best as he
> started to sink into the character. At first it seemed rushed and pretty
> much a monotone.
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> From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 4:04 AM
> Subject: MP3 of Anthony Hopkins reading LSJAP
> > MP3 of Anthony Hopkins reading LSJAP: