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A tour of the Archive with Andrew Motion

My short tour of the Poetry Archive is designed to show its range, as well as the strength-in-depth of its holdings...

Featured Guided Tours


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

Sonnet 36

William Shakespeare

read by Don Paterson

The Solitary Reaper

William Wordsworth

read by Adam Foulds