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Aubade with Burning City - Ocean Vuong
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The Poetry Archive’s World War Poetry Showcase is based on the collection put together for our national poetry recitation competition, Poetry by Heart, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Of course, there are plenty of anthologies…

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Robert Frost

B. 1874 D. 1963

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost

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5 poems available

Are words no more than waving, wavering flags? - 'The right word', Imtiaz Dharker

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3 poems available

...the popular music of Jamaica, the music of the people, is an essentially experiential music... the music reflects the historical experience. - Linton Kwesi Johnson

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Stephen Spender

B. 1909 D. 1995

2 poems available

Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do. - Stephen Spender

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Jackie Kay

B. 1961

7 poems available

A poem is a little moment of belief. - Jackie Kay

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Alfred Tennyson

B. 1809 D. 1892

8 poems available

Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change. - 'Locksley Hall', Alfred Tennyson

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Kit Wright

B. 1944

6 poems available

I think so highly of poetry that I've dedicated my life to it. It's the most important thing to me. - Kit Wright

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A Christmas Song - Wendy Cope
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Going Through the Old Photos - Michael Rosen
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The Gardener - Andrew Motion
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