Student collections

Elements of the Pastoral

This collection of poets might be helpful if you're doing AQA A Level literature B and also great to explore...

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AQA A Level Literature B: Poetry 1800-1945

These poets are listed in Section B of Unit 1: Aspects of Narrative for the AQA A Level Literature B. 

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AQA A Level Literature A: Wider reading

Almost all the poets from the AQA reading list for Wider Reading are featured here on the Poetry Archive! ...

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Edexcel 2015 unseen poetry

Fifteen poets selected by the Edexcel exam board for their GCSE unseen poetry question. Listen to recordings on the... read more >

OCR Poetry Set Texts for GCSE

Here are the poets listed on the OCR Poetry Set Texts list which you might be using for your controlled assessment work... read more >

AQA Moon on the Tides: Conflict poets

These are almost all the poets who feature in the Conflict cluster of the AQA Moon on the Tides collection. You can read... read more >

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 >

Glossary term


The emphasis that falls on certain syllables and not others.

Daljit Nagra

From time to time a poet is in residence at the Poetry Archive, talking about poetry with anyone who wants to join in the conversation.

Comic Verse

I'm troubled, as you can tell by my introduction, about comic verse. Comic verse gets bad press because rigid notions of comedy foreground throwaway poems. Surely the best comedy is when the poem surprises us into laughter rather than setting up t... >