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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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New to the Obsidian Collection Community & Culture History & Identity Family & Relationships Writing & Inspiration Coming Soon This collection is a collaboration between The Poetry Archive and the Obsidian Foundation to recognise the importance of the inspirations, stories…


1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 View as TimelineTake a guided tour with Simon Armitage The BBC has long been a champion of poetry, and over the last 100 years has had a major influence in…


United Kingdom Scotland, Ireland & Wales USA Canada Barbados & Jamaica New Zealand The honorary title of Poet Laureate is given to writers generally considered to be pre-eminent in their time. Poets Laureate sometimes write to capture national moods and…