Accessibility Statement

As the recipient of public funds, the Poetry Archive is committed to the accessibility of all its material to all citizens, regardless of disability in compliance with the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act as amended in 2005 and the Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001.

All the metadata on this site complies with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Version 1.0 at compliance level A but we will raise this to AA in the course of our next upgrade.

All the archive material is presented in audio, supported by textual extracts which, to protect our publishers' copyright, are published in Macromedia Flash format. To accommodate those with low vision, the extracts are presented in print sizes from 8-16 point.

Full references to archive audio material are supplied so that those who are deaf and visually impaired can access the material in full and we are planning to publish the extracts in Braille for those who are blind and deaf blind.

The Poetry Archive will regularly review and upgrade this site to include more and better accessibility features and we welcome all comments from users. These should be sent by email to

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

To His Coy Mistress

Andrew Marvell

read by Mervyn Morris

Invitation To Love

Paul Laurence Dunbar

read by Jacob Sam-La Rose

The Poetry Archive’s vision is to acquire and make recordings of contemporary English-language poets reading their own work, collect and preserve recordings of great poets from the past, and make extracts from all these recordings available free of charge.