George Orwell: The Complete Poetry
by George Orwell (read by Greg Wise)
This audiobook collecting George Orwell’s 46 extant poems gets off to an unsteady start. Its forward sounds like an apology: “He was not a major poet, and some might suggest he was not even a minor one of any merit.” He was, though, George Orwell, prolific journalist and author of the classics 1984 and Animal Farm, although his poetic talent was thin. There’s a patriotic, teenage call to arms, poems written as a young man in Burma, plus hints of Gerard Manley Hopkins and even John Betjeman. One for Orwell fanatics.