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John Dryden

B. 1631 D. 1700

1 poem available

From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began. - John Dryden 'A Song For St Cecilia's Day'

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Alexander Pope

B. 1688 D. 1744

3 poems available

And die of nothing but a rage to live

Poet

2 poems available

Man differs more from man than man from beast.

Poet

2 poems available

'No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.' Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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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

Poet

4 poems available

A dynamic reader, Eggleton has a rapid-fire delivery that releases a torrent of images, some startling, ugly, or funny - Greg O'Brien

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Lord Byron

B. 1788 D. 1824

6 poems available

"If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad." Lord Byron

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M. K. Joseph

B. 1914 D. 1981

9 poems available

The poem is an object which we make and set down, like an antique torso in an abandoned city, good, self-sufficient, durable, waiting for the people to come back. - M K Joseph

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Edgell Rickword

B. 1898 D. 1982

4 poems available

The best English poet between Eliot and Empson. - The Times Literary Supplement

Poet

4 poems available

The combination of satiric spirit and exuberant style - half appalled, half-enchanted - is the outstanding characteristic of burns's poetry - Australian Book Review

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4 poems available

Nothing can be useless to a poet: / that came last night in a dream. / Is it mine or am I quoting? / / Every wise man has his problems, / every idiot his theme (Vivian Smith)

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Ogden Nash

B. 1902 D. 1971

2 poems available

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch. - Ogden Nash

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