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Explore poetry using our special collections. Curated around specific themes and forms, this is a new way to work your way through the wealth of poetry available in the Archive.
Guided tours of the Archive
Our tour guides include former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, author David Almond and actor Stephen Fry amongst others!
Ask a poet
Watch video interviews with poets as they answer questions about their inspirations and influences.
Not sure where to start? Who to listen to? What to read? The links below will help to get you on your way.TAKE A TOURASK A POETFIND POETSFIND POEMS
As well as our new recordings by contemporary poets, the Poetry Archive also contains historic recordings by poets from the past.
Hear famous voices from poetry's past.
The Man on the C...
The National Tru...
A Farewell Lette...
My Friend Janine
Enjoy new recordings of classic poems from the past read by contemporary poets
William Shakespeareread by James Fenton
William Shakespeareread by Jackie Kay