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Emily Dickinson

B. 1830 D. 1886

5 poems available

To see the Summer Sky / Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie? / True Poems flee?

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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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PJ Kavanagh

B. 1931 D. 2015

5 poems available

Beyond decoration, humble, in plain rhyme, / As clear as I could, and as truthful - 'Beyond Decoration', P J Kavanagh

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The Book - Michael Rosen
Poem
Where Does the Bounce Come From? - Michael Rosen
Poem

Lights Out

Read by Helen Thomas

Lights Out - Edward Thomas - Read by Helen Thomas
The Mighty Dead
Safe in their Alabaster Chambers - Emily Dickinson - Read by Kei Miller
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The Boys Bump-Starting the Hearse - Kit Wright
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Tell Me Not Here, It Needs Not Saying - A E Housman - Read by Andrew Motion
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The Show

Read by Simon Armitage

The Show - Wilfred Owen - Read by Simon Armitage
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Snake

Read by Jo Shapcott

Snake - Emily Dickinson - Read by Jo Shapcott
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The Way Through The Woods

Read by Simon Armitage

The Way Through The Woods - Rudyard Kipling - Read by Simon Armitage
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