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 brilliant resource). Consequently, I have ended up with an interesting and engaging (if not odd) collection of poems and not one that I would have imagined collating from the outset.
This part of the Archive is full of poems chosen specially for children. Meet old favourites and make new discoveries.
Do you like hearing something about how or why the poem was written? Here are poems introduced by the poet.
Do you have a favourite sort of poem, like a haiku, a riddle or a kenning? You can search the Archive by poetic forms.