Monica Ali: Guided Tour
“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 were a little indistinct, it was incredibly exciting to hear the opening lines of ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’. Afterwards, I explored the children’s section with my kids, and they got all their poetry books out and searched for favourite poets. Then I spent time discovering poets who were new to me. When you’ve listened to a poem, press BACK to come back here.”
You can browse for poems by form, and there are quite a few 'form' names of which I did not know the meaning. Kenning, for instance, or sestina. This is an example of a sestina. It's actually a very familiar form, as you'll see, and as always there's something innately pleasing in the very structure of the poem.