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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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Charlotte Smith

B. 1749 D. 1806

2 poems available

Ah! why has happiness no second spring? Charlotte Smith

Poet

2 poems available

Alice Oswald throws the windows of the imagination open; she places a fingertip on the pulse of tradition, and proves it is still very much alive - The Times

Poet

4 poems available

Among the finest of our poets. - Melvyn Bragg

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10 poems available

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

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On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood - Richard Harrison
The Mighty Dead

The Raven

Read by David Yezzi

The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe - Read by David Yezzi
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A Christmas Song - Wendy Cope
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At the Poetry Conference - Wendy Cope
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Passing On - Andrew Motion
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Going Through the Old Photos - Michael Rosen
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Her Birth - Rebecca Goss
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