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The Passionate Shepherd to his Love - Christopher Marlowe - Read by Ian McKellen
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A Birthday

Read by James Earl Jones

A Birthday - Christina Rossetti - Read by James Earl Jones
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She Walks in Beauty

Read by Jude Law

She Walks in Beauty - Lord Byron - Read by Jude Law
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To My Dear and Living Husband - Anne Bradstreet - Read by Helen Mirren
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Christina Rossetti

B. 1830 D. 1894

9 poems available

Silence is more musical than any song. Christina Rossetti

Poet

6 poems available

Each sharp star speaks of something long gone - 'Cactus', Siobhan Harvey

Poet

2 poems available

All the choir of stars and panoply of heaven / Gaze down on our pygmy web. - from The Universe Looks Down, Chris Wallace-Crabbe

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5 poems available

Some of the most turbulent moments in life through a sharp, clear lens. Maura Dooley

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Jane Duran

B. 1944

8 poems available

Her poems are voyages of discovery. Literally. Over and over she writes about the journeys, physical and metaphysical, that are transformative experiences - Sarah Maguire, Poetry Review

Poet

6 poems available

Poems of an alert imagination and a strongly original mind, poems that run along the dangerous edge of things, risky and skilful as an acrobat. - UA Fanthorpe

Poet

4 poems available

I suppose as I'm explaining myself to others, I'm quintessentially explaining myself to myself. Gerald Stern

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Stevie Smith

B. 1902 D. 1971

2 poems available

All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication. All the poet has to do is listen. The poet is not an important fellow. There will always be another poet. - Stevie Smith

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