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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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Clive James

B. 1939 D. 2019

4 poems available

“The poet is a lifer. Anyone who gets into the game will soon start wishing that there was a version of it with lower stakes, but there isn't.”

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How you became a poet's a mystery! / Where did you get your talent from? / I say: I had two uncles, Joe and Harry - / one was a stammerer, the other dumb.- 'Heredity', Tony Harrison

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Thom Gunn

B. 1929 D. 2004

2 poems available

It is not so difficult to kindle the poetic fire in the first place as to keep it going, hot and bright, through a whole lifetime. - Thom Gunn

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Our response to the world is essentially one of wonder, of confronting the mysterious with a sense, not of being small, or insignificant, but of being part of a rich and complex narrative. From 'Strong Words', John Burnside

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Dutch Portraits - Wendy Cope
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Shakespeare at School - Wendy Cope
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A Christmas Song - Wendy Cope
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At the Poetry Conference - Wendy Cope
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Complaint for Absolute Divorce - Mary Jo Salter
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Tall Nettles

Read by Helen Thomas

Tall Nettles - Edward Thomas - Read by Helen Thomas
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Aspens

Read by Helen Thomas

Aspens - Edward Thomas - Read by Helen Thomas
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