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6 poems available

These hands have Moulded monuments, created crafts, healed hearts. Khosi Xaba, from 'These Hands'

Poet

8 poems available

'here I am, on the edge of animation, / a dream, a dance, a fantastic construction'. Moniza Alvi

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I understood that my words could be used as a weapon. James Matthews

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Walt Whitman

B. 1819 D. 1892

3 poems available

And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love. - Walt Whitman 'Dirge For Two Veterans'

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William Cowper

B. 1731 D. 1800

1 poem available

Here lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue, nor swifter greyhound follow, whose foot ne'er tainted morning dew, nor ear heard huntsman's halloo'. - William Cowper 'Epitaph on a hare'

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5 poems available

Strands of autobiography, a deeply sensuous ecology of place, historical narratives; the inner world of imagination and the often difficult realities of the postcolonial nation are interwoven in McWatt's bold but carefully worked out architecture. Peepal Tree

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

B. 1792 D. 1822

3 poems available

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Ode to a Skylark'

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Jon Stallworthy

B. 1935 D. 2014

3 poems available

The best reading of a poem involves a simultaneous engagement of the eye and ear.

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Wilfred Owen

B. 1893 D. 1918

4 poems available

My subject is War and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. Wilfred Owen

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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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6 poems available

Sitting around an old table/they drew lines across the map/dividing the place/I would call my country. Choman Hardi 'Lausanne, 1923'

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The kind of poetry that imbues the everyday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent - The Times

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