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The Passionate Shepherd to his Love - Christopher Marlowe - Read by Ian McKellen
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To My Dear and Living Husband - Anne Bradstreet - Read by Helen Mirren
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To His Coy Mistress

Read by Patrick Stewart

To His Coy Mistress - Andrew Marvell - Read by Patrick Stewart

W. H. Davies

B. 1871 D. 1940

1 poem available

And I could see that child's one eye which seemed to laugh, and say with glee: 'what caused my death you'll never know, perhaps my mother murdered me.' - W.H. Davies - 'The Inquest'


Alexander Pope

B. 1688 D. 1744

3 poems available

And die of nothing but a rage to live


Thomas Wyatt

B. 1503 D. 1542

4 poems available

It was no dream: I lay broad waking. Thomas Wyatt 'They Flee From Me'


Roald Dahl

B. 1916 D. 1990

1 poem available

A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men. - 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory', Roald Dahl

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The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd - Walter Raleigh - Read by Andrew Motion
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On being brought from Africa to America - Phyllis Wheatley - Read by Mary Jo Salter
Uxor Vivamus . . . - Dick Davis
A Translator’s Nightmare - Dick Davis
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from The Dunciad Variorum, Book ii - Alexander Pope - Read by John Fuller