Audio Archives

Classic Poetry Aloud Index

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

An anonymous individual

Site URL and

Site Last Updated


Date Visited


General Description of Archive

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): The archive has been relocated to the following link:

archive of classic (poetry that has dated its copyright) poetry read by the anonymous creator of the site. There are two websites for the podcasts: a wordpress site for index and 'about' information and the podcasts recorded on podomatic.

Description of archive history or URL

Anonymous creator (located in London, England) recorded classic poems on podcasts since May 2007.

Contact information

Searchable options

Search only available on the wordpress site, by keyword search, as well as By Poet, and By Theme.

Relation from the audio to the text

The text of the poem is shown below the podcast play bar.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Date posted, Time and length of the recording shown in the play bar, no context about the poem read is given.

Author bios and context within literary history

None. Sometimes the birth and death dates of the author are shown.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

Mp3 podcast recorded and streamed by PodOMatic

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

Photo of the poet is sometimes given.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

PodOMatic provides their own playback setup. It includes Play bar options like volume, play, pause, time, title, as well as Information, Embed and full screen options. It also allows you to Download the 'episode'.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Accessible via mobile device, but it was not modeled with it in mind. Functionality may vary depending on the device used to access this archive.


Browsing on the Wordpress site is basic but clear, you can search through lists by poet, or by theme, as well as Top 10 Poems. There is a side bar of Recent Entries and comments. But it does get confusing when you are redirected to the PodOMatic site to hear the readings.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

This site is high on interactivity: the wordpress site allows for comments, and the PodOMatic site allows for users to "like", embed, share email, and facebook share. It also shows how many times the recording has been played in a month, allows you to "Follow" the site, leave comments and add to playlists.

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