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Sea Canes - Derek Walcott
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…

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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

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Denis Glover

B. 1912 D. 1980

7 poems available

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

Poet

5 poems available

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

Poet

5 poems available

Hollis's language is often scrupulous and surprising: he relishes the words as the puts them down, without preening. - Daily Telegraph

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Elizabeth Bishop

B. 1911 D. 1979

4 poems available

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

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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

Poet

4 poems available

I think of poetry as an art of seeing, an art by which, in my blindness, I learn to see. - Jeremy Hooker, 'At the Edge'

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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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