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Did you know there is more than one Simon Armitage? In this interview, the best-selling poet and novelist introduces you to them and talks about the importance of voice in his work.


Emily Bronte

B. 1818 D. 1848

3 poems available

Vain are the thousand creeds / That move men's hearts... Emily Bronte


Stevie Smith

B. 1902 D. 1971

2 poems available

All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication. All the poet has to do is listen. The poet is not an important fellow. There will always be another poet. - Stevie Smith


William Empson

B. 1906 D. 1984

It is this deep blankness is the real thing strange./The more things happen to you the more you can't/Tell or remember even what they were. - 'Let it Go', William Empson


W. H. Auden

B. 1907 D. 1973

3 poems available

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


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


Edith Sitwell

B. 1887 D. 1964

1 poem available

I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish. - Edith Sitwell


9 poems available

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


Vernon Scannell

B. 1922 D. 2007

3 poems available

The glittering dance of brilliants must be strung / On that dark thread of sadness which is time - 'Sunt Lacrimae Rerum', Vernon Scannell

Miniatures - Simon Armitage