George Orwell: The Complete Poetry
by George Orwell (read by Greg Wise)
Audible (audiobook)

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.