Explore poetry using our special collections. Curated around specific themes and forms, these collections bring you the wealth of poetry available in the Archive.

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“From you have I been absent in the spring, When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim, Hath put a spirit of youth in everything, That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.” Sonnet 98, William Shakespeare. Spring has longed…

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Why not celebrate Shakespeare Week (21-27 March) and the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth (and death) on April 23rd by taking a deep dive into The Bard’s sonnets? By turns cheeringly familiar and strikingly subversive, Shakespeare’s Sonnets endure due to their…

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In these challenging times we’ve curated a collection of poems which reflect different aspects of war, conflict and loss. Whilst highlighting the human cost of war by representing individual and shared grief, these poems affirm our collective humanity and speak…

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Everyone who loves poetry knows how it boosts mind, body and soul in challenging times. This simple collection has been put together to bring a smile, we’ve chosen a range of celebratory, funny and joyous poems for you to enjoy.  

Competition

The Wordview 2021 collection showcases our winning 2021 poets and their work that captures this extraordinary year for future reflection.

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When the nights are lengthening and Halloween is on the horizon, delve deep into the Archive to and explore all things strange, slanted, odd and unexpected. Perhaps listen alone, with headphones on, in the dark, and feel these voices in your bones…

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The Laurel Prize is an annual award for the best collection of nature or environmental poetry to highlight the climate crisis and raise awareness of the challenges and potential solutions at this critical point in our planet’s life.

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National Poetry Day – the UK’s biggest mass-participation celebration of poetry takes place in October each year and is a fantastic resource for poetry fans.  For 2021, the National Poetry Day theme is CHOICE.  Poetry Archive has curated this superb collection of our…

Guided Tour

We’ve teamed up with the National Poetry Library to bring you this guided tour of The Poetry Archive. In this tour, members of the National Poetry Library team, Chris McCabe, Lorraine Mariner and Will René, walk you through their favourites within our collections.

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This collection of poems was specially selected for Bloom: Exeter Phoenix’s Festival of Mental Health Awareness.

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Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet. Poets have long explored the fragility of the environment in ways which enable a deep, lasting appreciation and understanding of our world. We’ve put together a collection of poems which help…

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Celebrate common humanity, diverse cultures and the importance of poetry in the arts. We’ve put together a collection of recordings which travel widely across continents, histories, and languages. Together they demonstrate the amazing poetic talent drawn from international backgrounds which the Poetry Archive is proud to have in our keeping.

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