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The Norton Anthology of Poetry has been in existence for almost fifty years, and during that time the way its audience experiences poetry has changed dramatically. Readers now expect to use their ears as much as their eyes when they encounter…

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Alexander Pope

B. 1688 D. 1744

3 poems available

And die of nothing but a rage to live

Poet

1 poem available

Forget all rules, forget all restrictions, as to taste, as to what ought to be said, write for the pleasure of it... - William Carlos Williams

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W. H. Auden

B. 1907 D. 1973

3 poems available

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead. - W. H. Auden

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T. S. Eliot

B. 1888 D. 1965

7 poems available

...the communication of the dead/is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. - from Part 1 of 'Little Gidding', T. S. Eliot

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Ted Hughes

B. 1930 D. 1998

4 poems available

Poetry is the voice of spirit and imagination and all that is potential, as well as of the healing benevolence that used to be the privilege of the gods. - Ted Hughes

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Seamus Heaney

B. 1939 D. 2013

5 poems available

And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney

Poet

19 poems available

...if poetry is a method of approaching truths, and each of us with a human soul and 'a tongue in oor heids' can make an approach toward a truth, poetry is inherently democratic. - Kathleen Jamie

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10 poems available

We were testing the range of the human voice - 'The Shout', Simon Armitage

The Mighty Dead
Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798 - William Wordsworth - Read by Andrew Motion
The Mighty Dead

We Wear the Mask

Read by David Yezzi
We Wear the Mask - Paul Laurence Dunbar - Read by David Yezzi
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Wild nights – Wild nights!

Read by Mary Jo Salter
Wild nights – Wild nights! - Emily Dickinson - Read by Mary Jo Salter
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