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Lewis Carroll

B. 1832 D. 1898

3 poems available

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.


Alexander Pope

B. 1688 D. 1744

3 poems available

And die of nothing but a rage to live


Hone Tuwhare

B. 1922 D. 2008

8 poems available

Gissa smile Sun, giss yr best / good mawnin' one, fresh 'n cool like - 'Sun O (2)', Hone Tuwhare


William Blake

B. 1757 D. 1827

5 poems available

The imagination is not a State: it is the Human existence itself. William Blake


Robert Frost

B. 1874 D. 1963

1 poem available

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost


6 poems available

Rest on memory's sea-bed: we will swim down to thee. - Andrew Johnston, 'The Sunflower'


12 poems available

An engraver in short, sharp slashes that go deep. Andrew Salkey


Pam Ayres

B. 1947

5 poems available

Forget the corny comedian: Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life. - Sunday Times


Hilaire Belloc

B. 1870 D. 1953

2 poems available

When I am dead, I hope it may be said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.' - Hilaire Belloc


Roy Fisher

B. 1930 D. 2017

4 poems available

...anything I have seen, I've only seen by virtue of having been very inattentive or rebellious at school, and looking at what was out of the corner of the picture, what was outside the frame. - Roy Fisher


19 poems available

...if poetry is a method of approaching truths, and each of us with a human soul and 'a tongue in oor heids' can make an approach toward a truth, poetry is inherently democratic. - Kathleen Jamie

The Study - Kathleen Jamie