Lesson plans

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

Ode to a Nightingale

John Keats

read by Andrew Motion

Shall I compare thee to...

William Shakespeare

read by James Fenton

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.