John Milton

John Milton was born in 1608 in Bread Street, Cheapside, the son of a composer and scrivener. He was educated at... read more
  • When I Consider How My Light I...

  • On Shakespeare, 1630

  • Paradise Lost (extract)

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Gwyneth Lewis

Gwyneth Lewis is one of the most prominent Welsh poets of... more

Neil Rollinson

Neil Rollinson’s poetry has been noted for its eroticism,... more

D.H Lawrence

A miner’s son from Nottingham, Lawrence was a prolific... more

Charlotte Mew

Charlotte Mew was surrounded by mental ill health and death... more

Robert Bridges

Robert Bridges was a trained doctor working in London... more

Amy Levy

Amy Levy was one of seven children born to a wealthy Anglo‑... more

Algernon Swinburne

Swinburne came from an aristocratic background and drew on... more

Walt Whitman

At various times, Walt Whitman was a teacher, a journalist... more

Adelaide Anne Procter

Adelaide Anne Proctor’s father was a poet, and her mother... more

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson was a gifted musician, champion of the rights... more

Robert Southey

Robert Southey was an independently minded young man who... more

Robert Burns

Burns started life as a ploughman in Scotland but is now... more

Historic recordings

Recordings by historic voices from poetry's past