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Verses In Vox™ is a short-form audio program featuring dramatic readings of classic poetry. It's a vehicle to experience these well-loved works in a new way while at the same time introducing them to a new audience.
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"My Shadow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Perhaps better known for his fiction works such as Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson was also a prolific poet, publishing a handful of collections of poems. "My Shadow" was first published in 1885 in a collection titled A Child’s Garden of Verses. The poem is a wonderful snapshot of childhood wonder and innocence. Click Here to Download this Program Program CreditsAnnouncer: Thomas Lamar Narrator: Jeffrey K. Holbrook Composer: Natasha Green Sound Design & Mixing: Christopher Green Photography: Scott Liddell Producer/Director: J.D. Sutter Entry on Wikipedia for Robert Louis Stevenson Stevenson's Bio on the Poetry Foundation Robert Louis Stevenson, December 1870 Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rsl1.jpg "My Shadow" by Robert Louis StevensonI have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head; And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed. The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow— Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow; For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball, And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all. He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play, And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way. He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see; I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me! One morning, very early, before the sun was up, I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup; But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head, Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.