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As part of the Shakespeare Lives in 2016 programme, celebrating the work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, the British Council has supported The Poetry Archive to enable us to record and present the Shakespeare 400 Collection. The Shakespeare 400 Collection…


5 poems available

Morley conjures a marvellous sense of nature as intimacy, something precise yet loaded and of immense importance to us. George Szirtes


6 poems available

All books are merely delayed dust. - George Elliott Clarke


2 poems available

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


Gerard Benson

B. 1931 D. 2014

5 poems available

Gerard Benson's poetry transfigures the ordinary and leaves an aftertaste of mystery in the mind.Michael Glover, The Independent


W. H. Davies

B. 1871 D. 1940

1 poem available

And I could see that child's one eye which seemed to laugh, and say with glee: 'what caused my death you'll never know, perhaps my mother murdered me.' - W.H. Davies - 'The Inquest'


Edmund Spenser

B. 1553 D. 1599

3 poems available

So oft as I her beauty do behold. - Edmund Spenser 'Amoretti LV'


Charlotte Smith

B. 1749 D. 1806

2 poems available

Ah! why has happiness no second spring? Charlotte Smith


William Shakespeare

B. 1564 D. 1616

22 poems available

The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to Earth, from Earth to heaven; and as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shape.? William Shakespeare


Todd Swift

B. 1966

5 poems available

My goal is to combine the confessionalism of the Alvarez era with the modernist panache of the Forties poets I admire. Todd Swift


Christina Rossetti

B. 1830 D. 1894

9 poems available

Silence is more musical than any song. Christina Rossetti


8 poems available

For grief indeed is love, and grief beside.