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Poetry is language in orbit

Seamus Heaney


Bring poetry to life in your school! These pages are specially designed to help you and your students to get the most out of the Poetry Archive.

The Poetry Archive is a great place for students to research and learn about poetry.

Support and practical ideas to help you and your readers enjoy the Archive.

New to Poetry?
Tips on using the Archive for less confident readers, and for those who are unfamiliar with reading poetry.

Many of the books and recordings featured in the Archive can be bought at the Poetry Bookshop Online

The Children's Archive

This part of the Archive is full of poems chosen specially for children. Meet old favourites and make new discoveries.

David Wagoner

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