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The Mighty Dead

Dover Beach

Read by Romola Garai

Dover Beach - Matthew Arnold - Read by Romola Garai
Special Collection

This Special Collection brings together some of the recordings we’ve made over the years with poets from Scotland. Edwin Morgan recorded his reading for the Archive in his flat in Glasgow back in 2000, Douglas Dunn made his Archive recording…


Richard Murphy

B. 1927 D. 2018

3 poems available

He has the gift of epic objectivity: behind his poems we feel not the assertion of his personality, but the actuality of events, the facts and sufferings of history. -- Ted Hughes


Denis Glover

B. 1912 D. 1980

7 poems available

Air falls under the heavy yoke of bells - 'Sunday Morning', Denis Glover


5 poems available

Who wants to know / a story's end, or where a road will go? - Sheenagh Pugh, 'What If This Road'


Elizabeth Bishop

B. 1911 D. 1979

4 poems available

All her poems have written underneath - 'I have seen it.' - Randall Jarrell


W. S. Graham

B. 1918 D. 1986

3 poems available

Have I not been trying to use the obstacle/Of language well? - 'Malcolm Mooney's Land', W. S. Graham


W. H. Auden

B. 1907 D. 1973

3 poems available

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


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


Samuel Menashe

B. 1925 D. 2011

10 poems available

O Many Named Beloved / Listen to my praise - 'O Many Named Beloved', Samuel Menashe


13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney


Roy Fisher

B. 1930 D. 2017

3 poems available

...anything I have seen, I've only seen by virtue of having been very inattentive or rebellious at school, and looking at what was out of the corner of the picture, what was outside the frame. - Roy Fisher