Not sure where to start? Who to listen to? What to read? The links below will help you - simply search below using names or key words to explore all our poetry recordings, texts, interviews and a huge range of other materials.
Search & Filter
Catherine Byron's poems write themselves where they ought: on the inside of your skin. Hilary Mantel
B. 1840 D. 1928
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. Thomas Hardy
I'd feel the need for / tighter turns, / a tiredness with the / larger flourish - from 'I think I could turn awhile'
A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney
My poems are the product of a relationship between a side of my mind which is conscious, alert, educated and manipulative, and a side which is as murky as a primaeval swamp. - Andrew Motion
A writer is not interested in explaining reality; he's interested in capturing it. - Brendan Kennelly
The Mighty Dead
Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798
Read by Andrew Motion