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While summer suns o’er the gay prospect play’d  - Thomas Warton - Read by Will Burns
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An Autumn Homily

Read by Pascale Petit
An Autumn Homily - Alfred Austin - Read by Pascale Petit
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Thomas Warton

B. 1728 D. 1790

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Born in Hampshire, Warton was appointed Poet Laureate in 1785, Warton was also a literary historian and critic and is listed as having produced the first History of English Poetry. He was a highly regarded scholar. Warton died before he…

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Alfred Austin

B. 1835 D. 1913

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Appointed Poet Laureate in 1896, Austin was born in Headingley and was educated at Stonyhurst College, St Mary’s College and at the University of London. His upbringing was Roman Catholic but moved towards agnosticism over time.  He trained as a…

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Mossbawn Sunlight for BBC 100 - Seamus Heaney
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Rubaiyat for BBC 100 - Mimi Khalvati
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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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Gloriana Dying - Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Edwin Muir

B. 1887 D. 1959

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Edwin Muir was one of the chief Scottish poets of his day writing in English, as well as being known as a literary critic and translator. Born the son of a crofter, Muir was educated in Kirkwall. Following his marriage…

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Great Sporting Moments - Simon Armitage
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Bob Cobbing

B. 1920 D. 2002

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Poet and publisher Bob Cobbing was born in Enfield, England. He became known internationally for pioneering visual, concrete, and sound poetry and for his dynamic and often startling poetry performances; he was known too for his role as publisher, under…

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Ann Carson was born in Canada and studied at the University of Toronto.  An academic and scholar, she has taught at several institutions, including McGill and the University of Michigan. She is an expert in ancient Greece, classical and Hellenic…

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