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George Herbert

George Herbert

b. 1593 d. 1633

George Herbert was born in Montgomery Castle, Shropshire, in 1593 and died at the age of forty. He was descended on his father's side from the earls of Pembroke and on his mother's from a family of...
Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

b. 1893 d. 1918

The poems that made Wilfred Owen famous were mostly published after his death in action a week before the end of the First World War. Powerfully influenced by Keats and Shelley, he experimented with...
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

b. 1564 d. 1616

Little is known about Shakespeare's life. Existing records give tantalising glimpses: he was born in 1564, the eldest son of an illiterate but locally prominent Stratford glover, married (at eighteen...

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A tour of the Archive with Roger Stevens

I really enjoyed listening to all the poems in the Archive. It's fantastic to hear poets reading their own work. It...

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Lord Byron

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Anne Bradstreet

read by Denise Riley