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3 poems available

Tempest has forged her own voice, unlike anything else in the mainstream poetry world. The Independent

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Edward Thomas

B. 1878 D. 1917

7 poems available

The simple lack / Of her is more to me / Than others' presence. Edward Thomas, 'The Unknown'

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Laurie Lee

B. 1914 D. 1997

2 poems available

It was a world that I wanted to record because it was such a miracle visitation to me. - Laurie Lee

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Ruth Pitter

B. 1897 D. 1992

1 poem available

I have tried to be faithful to delight... - Ruth Pitter

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Edmund Blunden

B. 1896 D. 1974

2 poems available

And some are sparkling, laughing, singing,/Young, heroic, mild;/And some incurable, twisted,/Shrieking, dumb, defiled. - 'Can You Remember?, Edmund Blunden

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W. H. Auden

B. 1907 D. 1973

3 poems available

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead. - W. H. Auden

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Philip Larkin

B. 1922 D. 1985

3 poems available

I'd like to think...that people in pubs would talk about my poems. - Larkin to his publisher

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Ted Hughes

B. 1930 D. 1998

3 poems available

Poetry is the voice of spirit and imagination and all that is potential, as well as of the healing benevolence that used to be the privilege of the gods. - Ted Hughes

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5 poems available

Come close the flower says and we come close, / close enough to lift, cup and smell the rose - 'Come Close', Mimi Khalvati

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13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

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Seamus Heaney

B. 1939 D. 2013

4 poems available

And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney

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Ian Duhig

B. 1954

5 poems available

I do mock literature and take it seriously at the same time, but anyone who is passionately attached to a football team will have similar mixed feelings - Ian Duhig

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