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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.

The Mighty Dead

On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer

Read by Simon Russell Beale

On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer - John Keats - Read by Simon Russell Beale

Derek Walcott

B. 1930 D. 2017

2 poems available

“What's poetry, if it's worth its salt, / but a phrase men can pass from hand to mouth?”

Antonio, Duke of Milan - Holly Hopkins
Men Who Murder - Flora de Falbe

4 poems available

“My course is set for an uncharted sea.” – Dante Alighieri


5 poems available

“Language written only for your touch.”


4 poems available

“If she cries it’s only because she wants something. / She can’t yet comprehend the magnitude of grief / so it is not selfish like when you cry.”


3 poems available

"Effortlessly switching from spoken-word poetry and folk lyrics accompanied by a gentle finger-picked guitar style, her pieces evoke the beauty and melancholy of the natural world and our place within it." - Ewan Carr, Norfolk Wildlife Trust

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Foreword by Michael Schmidt, Editor of PN Review The life expectancy of poetry magazines is often a butterfly’s span. Few reach ten issues, fewer still a hundred. To reach 250 issues over five decades is evidence of editorial tenacity and…


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.


Wendy Cope muses on the lines that keep coming back, the challenges of formal verse and how a poem can be seriously funny.