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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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Christina Rossetti

B. 1830 D. 1894

6 poems available

Silence is more musical than any song. Christina Rossetti

Poet

6 poems available

For grief indeed is love, and grief beside.

Poet

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

Poet

13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

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Wendy Cope

B. 1945

14 poems available

A jet-age Tennyson - London Review of Books

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The Life of Harry Patch - Andrew Motion
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Dutch Portraits - Wendy Cope
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Shakespeare at School - Wendy Cope
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The old men at the swimming pool - Clive Wilmer
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Parole - Alan Brownjohn
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