About Poetry

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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'.

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Welcome!

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.

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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.

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Glossary term

Villanelle

A poem written in five tercets, in which the first and last lines of the first stanza alternately appear as the last lines of the subsequent stanzas, with a final quatrain repeating both lines together as the last two lines. There are only two rhymes through the whole poem, the tercets rhymed aba and the quatrain abaa, and the lines usually in iambic pentameter.

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A tour of the Archive with Sherrie Talgeri

Poetry is life with line-breaks – a personal matter – and I hope that this six poem mixtape I’ve chosen will...

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