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Surge 3 - Jay Bernard
Special Collection

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…


Edgar Allan Poe

B. 1809 D. 1849

2 poems available

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. - A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe


Charlotte Smith

B. 1749 D. 1806

2 poems available

Ah! why has happiness no second spring? Charlotte Smith


2 poems available

Man differs more from man than man from beast.


Anne Bradstreet

B. 1612 D. 1672

3 poems available

All things within this fading world hath end. ('Before the Birth of One of Her Children')


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


4 poems available

Among the finest of our poets. - Melvyn Bragg


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

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
A Christmas Song - Wendy Cope