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We are on adding Hannah Sullivan, whose collection, Three Poems (Faber, 2018), won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2018, to The Poetry Archive. In the meantime you can find more information about Hannah on the T. S. Eliot website…

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1 poem available

Anonymous is a well-known and prolific poet.

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Dannie Abse

B. 1923 D. 2014

5 poems available

Who says the world is not a wedding? - 'O Taste and See', Dannie Abse

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5 poems available

Art's whatever you choose to frame. - 'Leaving the Tate', Fleur Adcock

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9 poems available

We were testing the range of the human voice - 'The Shout', Simon Armitage

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John Ashbery

B. 1927 D. 2017

4 poems available

For me, poetry is very much the time that it takes to unroll, the way music does...it's not a static, contemplatable thing like a painting or a piece of sculpture. - John Ashbery

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4 poems available

With a lyric poem, you look, and meditate, and put the rock back. With fiction you poke things with a stick to see what will happen. - Margaret Atwood

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2 poems available

I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi

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Pam Ayres

B. 1947

4 poems available

Forget the corny comedian: Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life. - Sunday Times

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Fergus Allen

B. 1921 D. 2017

3 poems available

Allen writes poetry that is limpid, very subtle and marvellously wise. - William Boyd

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Matthew Arnold

B. 1822 D. 1888

2 poems available

I might have known, / What far too soon, alas! I learn'd / The heart can bind itself alone, / And faith may oft be unreturn'd.' Matthew Arnold, 'Isolation: To Marguerite'

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8 poems available

'here I am, on the edge of animation, / a dream, a dance, a fantastic construction'. Moniza Alvi

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