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Robert Hull
Sinéad Morrissey
Kit Wright - Children's Poems
Simon Armitage
Alan Brownjohn
Wendy Cope
Lavinia Greenlaw
Lavinia Greenlaw
Christina Rossetti
Edwin Morgan
Wendy Cope
Joanna Baillie
Lavinia Greenlaw
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Robert Burns
Dylan Thomas
Douglas Dunn
A. E. Housman
A. E. Housman
Frances Leviston
John Dryden
John Wilmot Earl of Rochester
John Betjeman
Allen Ginsberg
Aphra Behn
Andrew Motion

A tour of the Archive

with Andrew Motion

My short tour of the Poetry Archive is designed to show its range, as well as the strength-in-depth of its holdings. And also to demonstrate how the pleasures and meanings of poetry depend as much on...
Catherine Olver, Foyle Young Poet finalist

A tour of the Archive

with Catherine Olver, Foyle Young Poet finalist

I think it's defensible to say that there's something about any poem worth the title that asks to be read aloud. Perhaps it's to do with the origin of poetry, as part of oral traditions, or perhaps...
Chris Pearson, teacher

A tour of the Archive

with Chris Pearson, teacher

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...
Clive James

A tour of the Archive

with Clive James

The writer and broadcaster Clive James introduces a few of his favourite poems in the Poetry Archive.
Connie Ruzich, Professor of English Studies

A tour of the Archive

with Connie Ruzich, Professor of English Studies

As a university teacher who lives in an inland city surrounded by mountains, streams, and rivers, I sometimes have a longing for the ocean, to see and smell and hear its rhythms. When I don't have...
Danielle McShine, poet

A tour of the Archive

with Danielle McShine, poet

The Poetry Archive is an invaluable resource for hearing some of my favourite poems, read by their authors, and for discovering new voices. I often wander through the Archive, stopping at a poem or...
David  Almond, author

A tour of the Archive

with David Almond, author

I love this archive. It's an important reminder that all literature has its roots in the human voice. Black print on white paper is not remote and abstract stuff but grows out from 'ordinary'...
Dr  Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

A tour of the Archive

with Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

Poetry happens at a sort of junction in the mind when new combinations start up, words and pictures start connecting in unexpected ways. It takes you into what can feel like anarchic territory, and...
Frank Cottrell Boyce, children's author and film-maker

A tour of the Archive

with Frank Cottrell Boyce, children's author and film-maker

I had the great joy of being part of the creative team for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics - a multi-media extravaganza that was streamed, tweeted, favourited and blogged about across the...
Helen Gray, teacher

A tour of the Archive

with Helen Gray, teacher

As a secondary schoolteacher in London for the past thirty years, it has been my privilege to have had a job which at its core, involves getting teenagers to fall in love with poetry. I have made my...
Julia Copus

A tour of the Archive

with Julia Copus

I've avoided poems that other writers here have recommended, but which otherwise would certainly have been on my list (such as Richard Wilbur's superb 'A Barred Owl', chosen by Andrew Motion). There...
Louise Joy, Lecturer in English

A tour of the Archive

with Louise Joy, Lecturer in English

Since I spend much of my time rooting around in the eighteenth century, this is where I headed first. Hearing poems from long ago brought to life by poets from our own age is peculiarly fascinating....
Mark Grist, poet

A tour of the Archive

with Mark Grist, poet

Over the years I’ve become increasingly interested in the lyrical nature of poetry. I find that the more I’ve taken in, the more I’ve developed a palette for playful use of language; particularly...
Monica Ali, novelist

A tour of the Archive

with Monica Ali, novelist

On my initial visit to the Poetry Archive, the historical recordings caught my attention first. I did not know that recordings of Tennyson, for instance, existed. Although some of the following lines...
Rachel Redford, writer

A tour of the Archive

with Rachel Redford, writer

Over the last few years I have listened to many of the Poetry Archive recordings and my six poems are taken from those voices, literal and poetic, which stood out and have remained with me. I wanted...
Rachel Smith, chef and poet

A tour of the Archive

with Rachel Smith, chef and poet

Visiting the Poetry Archive feels like browsing through your favourite bookshop and finding that all the books are now talking to you! 
Robert Cole, poet

A tour of the Archive

with Robert Cole, poet

Poetry springs to life in recordings such as those curated in the Archive. Poems have a perfectly respectable existence lying largely undisturbed between the pages of short-run volumes. But here,...
Roger Stevens, author and poet

A tour of the Archive

with Roger Stevens, author and poet

I really enjoyed listening to all the poems in the Archive. It's fantastic to hear poets reading their own work. It took me a long time to choose my favourites - I think it would be much easier to...
Sarah Tremlett, artist and writer

A tour of the Archive

with Sarah Tremlett, artist and writer

I may be a closet listophile. Just as I have always been fascinated by the way that unlikely groupings of authors often rub shoulders amongst the nicknacks and flotsam of domestic bookshelves, so I...
Sherrie Talgeri, Foyle Young Poet finalist

A tour of the Archive

with Sherrie Talgeri, Foyle Young Poet finalist

Poetry is life with line-breaks – a personal matter – and I hope that this six poem mixtape I’ve chosen will resonate with you. This guided tour shall be filled to the brim with hapless word-beauty...
Stephanie Anderson, writer and coach

A tour of the Archive

with Stephanie Anderson, writer and coach

On my first visit to the Poetry Archive I dipped in to see what was there, and discovered there was far more to hear than I had imagined. I returned for flying visits, listening to one poet after...

A tour of the Archive

with Stephen Fry, actor and writer

Stephen Fry is a man of many talents: actor, novelist, comedian, librettist, thinker and wit. In an interview with Michael Parkinson, he was described as being "a man with a brain the size of Kent"....
Jean Sprackland

A tour of the Archive

with Jean Sprackland

There are so many good poems in the Children's Poetry Archive, it's hard to know where to start! I'd like to share with you just a few of my favourites. I've chosen six very different poems: some are...
John Donne
Ruth Bidgood
Edward Thomas
George Herbert
Galway Kinnell
Ogden Nash
Henry King
Cilla McQueen
Wilfred Owen
E. E. Cummings
Elizabeth Bartlett
Edward Thomas
Wendy Cope
Wendy Cope
Andrew Motion
D. H. Lawrence
Jan Kemp
Ciaran Carson
Allan Ahlberg
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Liz Berry
Galway Kinnell
Edmund Spenser
Isaac Rosenberg
Alfred Tennyson
Basil Bunting
Dorothea Smartt
Charles Simic
Harold Pinter
Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound
Felicia Hemans
Wendy Cope
Stewart Conn
Hone Tuwhare
Theodore Roethke
James Berry - Children's Poems
Anne Ridler
John Lyons
Alan Brownjohn
Glyn Maxwell
Robert Crawford
C. Day Lewis
William Wordsworth
Thom Gunn
Allen Curnow
Jean Binta Breeze
Sean O'Brien
Joan Poulson
Isaac Rosenberg
W. S. Graham
Robert Frost
Walt Whitman
D. J. Enright
Robin Robertson
Matthew Arnold
Thomas Hardy
Charles Tomlinson
Wendy Cope
Brian Johnstone
U. A. Fanthorpe
Charles Causley
Theodore Roethke
Thomas Gray
Patrick Kavanagh
Alexander Pope
Katherine Philips
William Cowper
Greta Stoddart
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
Siegfried Sassoon
Wendy Cope
Yusef Komunyakaa
Charlotte Mew
Walter de la Mare
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Elizabeth Bishop
John Moat
Galway Kinnell
Wendy Cope
Robert Lowell
Tony Mitton
T. S. Eliot
J.O. Morgan
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
Paul Muldoon
Valerie Bloom
Rachael Boast
Julia Copus
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Michael Rosen
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
Valerie Bloom
Wendy Cope
Felix Dennis
Chrissie Gittins
Hugo Williams
Andrew Motion
Robert Browning
Philip Gross Children's Poems
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Robert Browning
James Carter
Allen Ginsberg
Ezra Pound
Grace Nichols
Roy Fisher
John Clare
Felix Dennis
Emily Dickinson
Brendan Kennelly
Langston Hughes
Mandy Coe
Alfred Tennyson
Alfred Tennyson
Jackie Kay
Dylan Thomas
Cilla McQueen
Thomas Hardy
John Heath-Stubbs
Ruth Gilbert
W.E Henley
James Berry - Children's Poems
Lewis Carroll
Felix Dennis
Cilla McQueen
George Herbert
T. S. Eliot
Ruth Padel
Gwendolyn Brooks
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Jen Hadfield
Andrew Fusek Peters - Children's Poems
William Shakespeare
Edward Thomas
William Wordsworth
Douglas Dunn
Lavinia Greenlaw
William Blake
Felix Dennis
Isaac Rosenberg
Carol Ann Duffy
George Herbert
Emily Berry
Lavinia Greenlaw
Bill Manhire
George Meredith
Don Paterson
Owen Sheers
Alan Brownjohn
Robert Hass
Louise Bogan
Alice Oswald
Wendy Cope
Anthony Joseph
Simon Armitage
William Empson
Seamus Heaney
John Clare
Choman Hardi
Deryn Rees-Jones
Robert Browning
William Shakespeare
Theodore Roethke
E. E. Cummings
Emily Bronte
Glyn Maxwell
Stevie Smith
Rachel Rooney
Alfred Tennyson
William Wordsworth
Galway Kinnell
John Keats
John Keats
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Edward Thomas
Glyn Maxwell
John Milton
Samuel Johnson
Spike Milligan
Andrew Greig
Thomas Hardy
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Hone Tuwhare
John Milton
Alan Brownjohn
Felix Dennis
Andrew Motion
George Szirtes
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Ted Hughes
Berlie Doherty
Allan Ahlberg
Robert Browning
Simon Armitage
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
William Carlos Williams
Mandy Coe
Jean Sprackland
Christina Rossetti
Emily Bronte
Fred Sedgwick
Cilla McQueen
Robert Crawford
Emily Dickinson
William Butler Yeats
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
Derek Walcott
Philip Gross
Wendy Cope
William Shakespeare
Lavinia Greenlaw
Lord Byron
Robert Lowell
Katrina Porteous
Hannah More
Philip Gross Children's Poems
David Harsent
Philip Sidney
Walt Whitman
Edwin Brock
Ben Jonson
Billy Collins
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
Edmund Spenser
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Imtiaz Dharker
Kelly Grovier
Li-Young Lee
Cilla McQueen
Robert Frost
Wilfred Owen
Rita Dove
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Carol Ann Duffy
W.N. Herbert
Edward Thomas
Rachel Rooney
Kelly Grovier
William Shakespeare
Oscar Wilde
Wes Magee
Robert Southwell
Glyn Maxwell
Alfred Tennyson
Simon Armitage
George Herbert
Thomas Hardy
Lord Byron
Andrew Motion
Charles Tomlinson
Alan Brownjohn
Simon Armitage
Fleur Adcock
Owen Sheers
William Butler Yeats
John Donne
Andrew Motion
John Burnside
John Donne
Howard Nemerov
William Butler Yeats
William Blake
Spike Milligan
John Foster
Les Murray
Andrew Motion
Owen Sheers
Walter de la Mare
Don Paterson
Deryn Rees-Jones
Andrew Marvell
Andrew Marvell
Phil Bowen
John Clare
Walter Ralegh
Christopher Marlowe
Olive Senior
Sheenagh Pugh
William Carlos Williams
Anna Laetitia Barbauld
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Judith Nicholls
William Butler Yeats
W. H. Auden
Simon Armitage
William Blake
Glyn Maxwell
William Wordsworth
Jenny Joseph
John Donne
Ted Hughes
Howard Nemerov
Philip Larkin
Stephen Spender
William Blake
Seamus Heaney
Edwin Morgan
Theodore Roethke
T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
Hugh MacDiarmid
Rudyard Kipling
Jacob Polley
Robert Graves
Don Paterson
Philip Larkin
William Carlos Williams
Arthur Hugh Clough
Emily Dickinson
Philip Levine
Thomas Wyatt
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Chrissie Gittins
Charles Causley
Robert Burns
John Keats
Simon Armitage
Andrew Marvell
Anna Laetitia Barbauld
John Whitworth
Anthony Thwaite
James Berry - Children's Poems
Seamus Heaney
Stephen Spender
Alfred Tennyson
Brian Moses
Cilla McQueen
Gwendolyn Brooks
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Cilla McQueen
Gary Langford
Christina Rossetti
John Milton
John Keats
Walt Whitman
William Shakespeare
John Keats
Thomas Wyatt
Felix Dennis
Emily Dickinson
Michael Rosen
Pam Ayres
Siobhan Harvey
Ogden Nash
Lewis Carroll
Edward Baugh

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A tour of the Archive with Mark Grist

Over the years I’ve become increasingly interested in the lyrical nature of poetry. I find that the more I’ve taken...

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