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Edgar Allan Poe

B. 1809 D. 1849

2 poems available

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. - A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

B. 1844 D. 1889

5 poems available

A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree. Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Sylvia Plath

B. 1932 D. 1963

The blood jet is poetry,/ There is no stopping it. - 'Kindness', Sylvia Plath (written 1st February 1963)

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Ezra Pound

B. 1885 D. 1972

2 poems available

Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand. - Ezra Pound

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5 poems available

There is no gaudiness in her poetry; instead the reader is aware of a generosity of spirit which allows the poems' subjects their own unbullied reality. - The Listener

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Allen Curnow

B. 1911 D. 2001

3 poems available

All poems are rash acts. - Allen Curnow

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Frog Spring - Valerie Gillies
The Mighty Dead

The Raven

Read by David Yezzi

The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe - Read by David Yezzi
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Over My Toes - Michael Rosen
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Where Does the Bounce Come From? - Michael Rosen
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Old Man

Read by Helen Thomas

Old Man - Edward Thomas - Read by Helen Thomas
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from Masks: (i) Libation: (i) Prelude - Kamau Brathwaite
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