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Robert Graves

Robert Graves

b. 1895 d. 1985

Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a writer of extraordinary breadth whose output ranges from a classic account of his First World War experiences, Goodbye to All That, through the "potboiler" (his own...
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

b. 1865 d. 1936

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay (present day Mumbai). His father was a teacher in a local school of art. At the age of six he was sent to England to be educated and spent a miserable...
Edith Sitwell

Edith Sitwell

b. 1887 d. 1964

Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) was born into an aristocratic family and, along with her brothers, Osbert and Sacheverell, had a significant impact on the artistic life of the 20s. She encountered the work...
Stephen Spender

Stephen Spender

b. 1909 d. 1995

Stephen Spender (1909-1995) is most closely associated with the 1930s: much of his best poetry was written during this decade and other important works such as his autobiography, World Within World (...
Stevie Smith

Stevie Smith

b. 1902 d. 1971

Stevie Smith (1902-1971) led an outwardly uneventful life behind the respectable curtains of suburbia whilst nurturing a highly individual imagination. Born in Yorkshire, her father left the family...

Starting points

Not sure where to start? Who to listen to? What to read? The links below will help to get you on your way.


A tour of the Archive with Rachel Redford

Over the last few years I have listened to many of the Poetry Archive recordings and my six poems are taken from...

Featured Guided Tours

Enjoy new recordings of classic poems from the past read by contemporary poets


Edward Thomas

read by James Fenton

The War Song of Dinas...

Thomas Love Peacock

read by Glyn Maxwell