From time to time, people contact us to ask for permission to use one of the recordings from the Poetry Archive in another context - as part of a radio programme, for example.

Bear in mind that the Archive does not control any literary copyrights. Before you ask us for permission to use any of our recordings, therefore, you will need to have secured the appropriate literary permission from the rights holders, whose details appear on pages in the Poetry Archive which contain poem texts.

Recordings which were not made by the Poetry Archive are owned by others, whose permission will be needed before you can re-use those recordings in another context.

You should expect to have to pay for all such permissions.

Please try to allow sufficient time to go through this process. We will try to reply speedily if you email us to say you want permission to re-use one of the Archive's recordings but immediate help can't always be guaranteed.

The Poetry Archive's rights manager, Connie Robertson, will be glad to help you through this process. Please email her at


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

Fare Well

Walter de la Mare

read by Maurice Riordan

Sonnet 75

Edmund Spenser

read by Andrew Motion

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.