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Celebrate common humanity, diverse cultures and the importance of poetry in the arts. We’ve put together a collection of recordings which travel widely across continents, histories, and languages. Together they demonstrate the amazing poetic talent drawn from international backgrounds which the Poetry Archive is proud to have in our keeping.


Robert Louis Stevenson

B. 1850 D. 1894

1 poem available

All that was good, all that was fair, all that was me is gone. - Robert Louis Stevenson 'Sing Me A Song of A Lad That Is Gone'


Lord Byron

B. 1788 D. 1824

6 poems available

"If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad." Lord Byron


T. S. Eliot

B. 1888 D. 1965

7 poems available

...the communication of the dead/is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. - from Part 1 of 'Little Gidding', T. S. Eliot


10 poems available

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

Wayside Rest - Justin Quinn
Mask - Esther Phillips
The Mighty Dead

Home Thoughts, from Abroad

Read by Anthony Thwaite
Home Thoughts, from Abroad - Robert Browning - Read by Anthony Thwaite
The Mighty Dead

Drummer Hodge

Read by Anthony Thwaite
Drummer Hodge - Thomas Hardy - Read by Anthony Thwaite
The Mighty Dead

Beppo (extract)

Read by Fleur Adcock
Beppo (extract) - Lord Byron - Read by Fleur Adcock
Remembering W H S - Vivian Smith
Tune - Vivian Smith