Get to grips with poetry

If you're new to poetry, don't worry - we have lots of tips and suggestions to get you started. 

How to get the best out of the Poetry Archive
Whether you have heard poets read live or on the radio, or whether you've never heard a poet read, these tips are meant as a starting point to help you find your own way to enjoy what the Poetry Archive has to offer.... read more >

Welcome to the glossary of poetic terms. Look here for answers to your questions on the language we use to talk about poetry... read more >

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

Ode on Melancholy

John Keats

read by Andrew Motion

Whoso list to hunt

Thomas Wyatt

read by Alice Oswald

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.