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As part of the Shakespeare Lives in 2016 programme, celebrating the work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, the British Council has supported The Poetry Archive to enable us to record and present the Shakespeare 400 Collection. The Shakespeare 400 Collection…

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2 poems available

I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi

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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'

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Charlotte Smith

B. 1749 D. 1806

2 poems available

Ah! why has happiness no second spring? Charlotte Smith

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William Shakespeare

B. 1564 D. 1616

17 poems available

The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to Earth, from Earth to heaven; and as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shape.? William Shakespeare

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John Keats

B. 1795 D. 1821

6 poems available

The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats

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Christina Rossetti

B. 1830 D. 1894

6 poems available

Silence is more musical than any song. Christina Rossetti

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6 poems available

For grief indeed is love, and grief beside.

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George Herbert

B. 1593 D. 1633

4 poems available

Good words are worth much, and cost little.

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

B. 1844 D. 1889

5 poems available

A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree. Gerard Manley Hopkins

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5 poems available

The lower-case lightness of Tom Raworth and the northern comic realism of Simon Armitage - The Guardian

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6 poems available

Poetry, above all, is a series of intense moments - its power is not in narrative. I'm not dealing with facts, I'm dealing with emotion. Carol Ann Duffy

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