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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 Timeline The BBC has long been a champion of poetry, and over the last 100 years has had a major influence in both its creative evolution and its…


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…