The Poetry Archive includes a range of resources specially designed to help students. Alongside the recordings, you will find a wealth of background material on the poets, which will help you understand the context for their work. There are filmed interviews with some of them, so you can see and hear them giving the inside story on their writing lives.

The Archive is a great place for students to research and learn about poetry. But it's also a place for you to explore and enjoy, to listen to old favourites, make new discoveries, relax and just listen.

The Children's Archive

This part of the Archive is full of poems chosen specially for children. Meet old favourites and make new discoveries.

How to get the best out of the Archive

Whatever your previous experience of listening to poetry, here are some tips to help you enjoy the recordings the Archive has to offer.
Poet In Residence Archive

Each term a different poet is in residence here, talking about poetry with anyone who wants to join in the conversation. You are welcome to explore our archive of past residencies and read some of the lively and varied discussions you'll find there.

Listening to Poetry

To value the sound of a poem as much as its written meaning may seem like a new thing; in fact, it's as old as the hills. Andrew Motion writes about the enjoyment to be had from listening to poets reading their poems.
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Glossary of poetic terms

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