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Poets have always written poems about love. We have put together a collection of recordings of some of the best classic love poems, introduced and read for you by today’s poets. From Elizabeth Barrett Browning asking “How do I love thee?” to Lord Byron declaring…


A E Housman

B. 1859 D. 1936

3 poems available

The sum of things to be known is inexhaustible, and however long we read, we shall never come to the end of our story-book.


Christina Rossetti

B. 1830 D. 1894

6 poems available

Silence is more musical than any song. Christina Rossetti


William Wordsworth

B. 1770 D. 1850

4 poems available

The eye, it cannot choose but see; / We cannot bid the ear be still; / Our bodies feel, where'er they be, / Against or with our will. Wordsworth, 'Expostulation and Reply'


Wilfred Owen

B. 1893 D. 1918

4 poems available

My subject is War and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. Wilfred Owen


Helen Dunmore

B. 1952 D. 2017

4 poems available

In these times, we should be glad of this voice. - Kate Clanchy, The Guardian


Jackie Kay

B. 1961

7 poems available

A poem is a little moment of belief. - Jackie Kay


Robert Graves

B. 1895 D. 1985

2 poems available

Logical argument is what destroys poetry because poetry is beyond logic. - Robert Graves


5 poems available

A writer is not interested in explaining reality; he's interested in capturing it. - Brendan Kennelly


Charles Causley

B. 1917 D. 2003

6 poems available

If I didn't write poetry I think I'd explode. - Charles Causley

A Christmas Song - Wendy Cope
Ballad of a Hero - Kate Tempest