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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We were very sad to hear of the passing of the great Benjamin Zephaniah recently and want to celebrate his life and wonderful poems. We are very proud to have his recordings on the Archive and to be able to preserve…

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Sit back and listen to our Listener’s Top Picks from 2023 and enjoy the poetry that resonated with you all this year. Most of our Listener’s favourite poems came from The BBC 100 Collection, to learn more about the collection,…

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Competition

The Wordview 2023 collection showcases our winning 2023 poets and their work that captures this extraordinary year for future reflection.

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During 2023 PN Review is celebrating its jubilee. Since we started as Poetry Nation, a twice yearly hardback, in 1973, we’ve been publishing new poetry, rediscoveries, commentary, literary essays, interviews and reviews from around the globe. Our vast archive now includes over 270…

Competition

The Wordview 2022 collection showcases our winning 2022 poets and their work that captures this extraordinary year for future reflection.

Guided Tour

Celebrating 100 years of poetry on the BBC with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage

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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, slant, odd and unexpected. Perhaps listen alone, with headphones on, in the dark, and feel these voices in your bones…

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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 2022, the National Poetry Day theme is THE ENVIRONMENT. Poetry Archive has curated this superb collection…

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Celebrate Summer with a collection dedicated to the season, comprised of poems about love, desire, insects and heat.

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To celebrate Pride and the publication of 100 Queer Poems, edited by Andrew McMillan and Mary Jean Chan, ‘Speak its name’ is a collection of contemporary and twentieth-century voices by queer poets and poems with queer themes through a transhistorical…

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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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