Celebrate poetry every day!
Here at the Poetry Archive we believe that poetry should be celebrated every day. We recommend a daily diet of poetry for the heart and soul and hope that our visitors will make regular use of our vast archive of poets reading their own work.
Poetry by Heart competition
Poetry By Heart is a pioneering national competition designed to encourage young people aged 14-18 at school and college in England to learn and to recite poems by heart.
Listening to poetry
Poetry was an oral art form before it became textual. Homer's work lived through the spoken word long before any markings were made on a page. Hearing a poet reading his or her work remains uniquely illuminating. It helps us to understand the work as well as helping us to enjoy it.
A guide to the language of Caribbean poetry
This guide by Pauline Christie is an excellent aide for anyone reading Caribbean poetry who wants a little extra insight to the language. Christie clearly explains the grammar and vocabulary of Caribbean Creole with examples from a range of poems.
Organise a poetry reading
If you love contemporary poetry, it may occur to you to share this passion with others by organising a poetry reading in your town. Or it may be that you're a literature or arts worker with a remit to stage 'live literature'.
Hello and welcome to the Poetry Archive. And, to our old friends, a very warm welcome back. What you’re looking at now is a revamped version of the site, and I want to introduce it to you by saying I hope you enjoy what you see and hear as much as we’ve enjoyed providing it.
How to get the best out of the Poetry Archive
Whether you have heard poets read live or on the radio, or whether you've never heard a poet read, these tips are meant as a starting point to help you find your own way to enjoy what the Archive has to offer.