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1 poem available

Anonymous is a well-known and prolific poet.

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Dannie Abse

B. 1923 D. 2014

5 poems available

Who says the world is not a wedding? - 'O Taste and See', Dannie Abse

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9 poems available

We were testing the range of the human voice - 'The Shout', Simon Armitage

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4 poems available

With a lyric poem, you look, and meditate, and put the rock back. With fiction you poke things with a stick to see what will happen. - Margaret Atwood

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2 poems available

I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi

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Matthew Arnold

B. 1822 D. 1888

3 poems available

I might have known, / What far too soon, alas! I learn'd / The heart can bind itself alone, / And faith may oft be unreturn'd.' Matthew Arnold, 'Isolation: To Marguerite'

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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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6 poems available

I would have words as tenacious as mules/ to bear us, sure-footed/ up the mountain of night... from 'Elemental' by Edward Baugh

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Charles Brasch

B. 1909 D. 1973

2 poems available

A poem comes to be written ... when a certain phrase occurs to the poet and seems to touch off a whole train of ideas and associations and as it were fuse them together. - Charles Brasch

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William Blake

B. 1757 D. 1827

5 poems available

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

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Elizabeth Bartlett

B. 1924 D. 2008

4 poems available

Hers is a daybook of a night-nurse of the soul - John Mole, 'Encounter'

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10 poems available

I've always been concerned to get into [my poetry] the details of daily living which portray - or betray - human strengths and weaknesses and oddities. - Alan Brownjohn

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