The Poems Start here to explore the Archive through individual poems. You can select titles, poetic forms or themes, or you can follow a route suggested by one of our guides. You can also go straight from here to our Education pages, where you'll find a wealth of information and advice to help you with your studies, or you can watch one of our interviews with a poet. Don't forget to listen to what's new, either: the Poetry Archive is always adding new 'historic' voices, as well as contemporary ones.
Tour by: 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 quality of the spoken word (after all, that is what makes the Archive such a brilliant resource). Consequently, I have ended up with an interesting and engaging (if not odd) collection of poems and not one that I would have imagined collating from the outset.

Slow Reader
by Vicki Feaver

Considering the modern parent's certainty that his or her child is a genius in all pursuits, I admire Vicki Feaver's brave admission that her son is a...

Chris Pearson's tour | All guided tours


Watch interviews with some of the poets who have made new recordings for the Archive.


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.

Other ways to find a poem

Have you only got a minute or two to spare? Are you looking for a poem to listen to quickly or learn by heart? Here are some short poems.

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

Do you like hearing something about how or why the poem was written? Here are poems introduced by the poet.

Do you have a favourite sort of poem, like a haiku, a riddle or a kenning? You can search the Archive by poetic forms.

The Children's Archive

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

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Create lists of your favourite poems and poets and share them with friends.

Browse all poets by name

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Glossary of poetic terms

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