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Ode to the Hymen - Sharon Olds
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Thomas Gray

B. 1716 D. 1771

1 poem available

The Curfew tolls the knell of parting day, the lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea - Thomas Gray, 'Elegy written in a county church yard'

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3 poems available

Herbert takes on the major forms of ode and elegy, adding satire, comedy and the ancient Scottish tradition of extended insult, as well as modes still undefined. - Sean O'Brien

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

B. 1792 D. 1822

4 poems available

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Ode to a Skylark'

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John Keats

B. 1795 D. 1821

7 poems available

The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats

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4 poems available

Hampton is an open-minded writer, with the uncertainties and hesitations of the true seeker. - Stephen Lawrence

The Mighty Dead
Ode to the West Wind - Percy Bysshe Shelley - Read by Kit Wright
The Mighty Dead

Ode to a Skylark

Read by Kit Wright

Ode to a Skylark - Percy Bysshe Shelley - Read by Kit Wright
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To a Halver - Paul Batchelor
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Ode to Didcot Power Station - Kit Wright
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