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Ezra Pound
John Moat
Ian Duhig
Mimi Khalvati
Robin Robertson
Sean O'Brien
Anne Ridler
Ted Hughes
John Moat
Michael Hamburger
Valerie Bloom
Gerard Benson
Yusef Komunyakaa
Ted Kooser
Gillian Clarke
Michael Hamburger
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sylvia Plath
Jean Sprackland
Kit Wright
Yvor Winters
Ted Kooser
Charlotte Smith
Wendy Cope
Vivian Smith
Riemke Ensing
Vincent O'Sullivan
Wendy Cope
Howard Nemerov
Robin Robertson
Philip Larkin
John Keats
Valerie Bloom
Jenny Joseph
Judith Nicholls
David Gascoyne
George Szirtes – Children's Poems

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A tour of the Archive with Chris Pearson

When choosing poems for my tour, I had just one criterion in mind: that each poem must allow me to comment on the...

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