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Explore poetry using our special collections. Curated around specific themes and forms, these collections bring you the wealth of poetry available in the Archive.

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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, slanted, odd and unexpected. Perhaps listen alone, with headphones on, in the dark, and feel these voices in your bones…

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The Laurel Prize is an annual award for the best collection of nature or environmental poetry to highlight the climate crisis and raise awareness of the challenges and potential solutions at this critical point in our planet’s life.

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National Poetry Day – the UK’s biggest mass-participation celebration of poetry takes place in October each year and is a fantastic resource for poetry fans.  For 2021, the National Poetry Day theme is CHOICE.  Poetry Archive has curated this superb collection of our…

Keystone

New to the Obsidian Collection Community & Culture History & Identity Family & Relationships Writing & Inspiration Coming Soon This collection is a collaboration between The Poetry Archive and the Obsidian Foundation to recognise the importance of the inspirations, stories…

Keystone

1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 View as TimelineTake a guided tour with Simon Armitage The BBC has long been a champion of poetry, and over the last 100 years has had a major influence in…

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United Kingdom Scotland, Ireland & Wales USA Canada Barbados & Jamaica New Zealand The honorary title of Poet Laureate is given to writers generally considered to be pre-eminent in their time. Poets Laureate sometimes write to capture national moods and…

Guided Tour

We’ve teamed up with the National Poetry Library to bring you this guided tour of The Poetry Archive. In this tour, members of the National Poetry Library team, Chris McCabe, Lorraine Mariner and Will René, walk you through their favourites within our collections.

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This collection of poems was specially selected for Bloom: Exeter Phoenix’s Festival of Mental Health Awareness.

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Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet. Poets have long explored the fragility of the environment in ways which enable a deep, lasting appreciation and understanding of our world. We’ve put together a collection of poems which help…

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Celebrate common humanity, diverse cultures and the importance of poetry in the arts. We’ve put together a collection of recordings which travel widely across continents, histories, and languages. Together they demonstrate the amazing poetic talent drawn from international backgrounds which the Poetry Archive is proud to have in our keeping.

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Poetry also has the power to take us to new places, lifting off from the known world to explore beyond earth’s horizon, or making what we think we know strange again.

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National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation as an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in and this year’s them is…

Competition

Welcome to the Poetry Archive Now! WordView 2020 Collection. This Collection has selected 20 poets to represent what is a stunning, international collection of poets’ work.

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This collection features a selection of poems written by previous winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award which is sponsored by the Foyle Foundation and run by the Poetry Society.

Guided Tour

Celebrating 20 Years of the Archive with Co-Founder Richard Carrington

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Poetry has a unique quality to give words to our feelings and emotions and light up darker moments of our lives. This collection explores poems chosen for their power to speak to personal experiences.

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It’s always great to receive flowers but we thought we would do something extra special and send you a lovely Bunch of Poems!

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Welcome to the T. S. Eliot Prize Winners’ Archive. The premier Prize in poetry, the T. S. Eliot Prize was inaugurated in 1993 and is awarded annually to the best new collection of poetry in English published in the UK…

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