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5 poems available

I believe that in all diverse forms of artistic expression across all countries, there are some sensitivities in common. Esther Phillips

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Andrew Marvell

B. 1621 D. 1678

3 poems available

Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, lady, were no crime. Andrew Marvell, 'To His Coy Mistress'

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4 poems available

Syntactically complex, discursive, lyrically rich, yet threaded through with a demotic swagger - Gerard Woodward

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William Shakespeare

B. 1564 D. 1616

18 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

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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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Anne Bradstreet

B. 1612 D. 1672

3 poems available

All things within this fading world hath end. ('Before the Birth of One of Her Children')

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Christopher Marlowe

B. 1564 D. 1593

2 poems available

'Who ever loved that loved not at first sight' Christopher Marlowe, 'Hero and Leander'

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Hone Tuwhare

B. 1922 D. 2008

8 poems available

Gissa smile Sun, giss yr best / good mawnin' one, fresh 'n cool like - 'Sun O (2)', Hone Tuwhare

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Denis Glover

B. 1912 D. 1980

7 poems available

Air falls under the heavy yoke of bells - 'Sunday Morning', Denis Glover

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Jon Stallworthy

B. 1935 D. 2014

3 poems available

The best reading of a poem involves a simultaneous engagement of the eye and ear.

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John Keats

B. 1795 D. 1821

6 poems available

The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats

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6 poems available

For grief indeed is love, and grief beside.

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