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W. H. Auden

B. 1907 D. 1973

3 poems available

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead. - W. H. Auden

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John Agard

B. 1949

4 poems available

His poems are direct and arresting, playful, full of startling imagery, and are hilarious, passionate and erotic as often as they are political - often managing to be all these things at once - Maura Dooley

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John Berryman

B. 1914 D. 1972

2 poems available

We must travel in the direction of our fear. - John Berryman

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6 poems available

I would have words as tenacious as mules/ to bear us, sure-footed/ up the mountain of night... from 'Elemental' by Edward Baugh

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Charles Brasch

B. 1909 D. 1973

2 poems available

A poem comes to be written ... when a certain phrase occurs to the poet and seems to touch off a whole train of ideas and associations and as it were fuse them together. - Charles Brasch

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Aphra Behn

B. 1640 D. 1689

1 poem available

A thousand martyrs I have made, all sacrificed to my desire. - Aphra Behn 'A Thousand Martyrs'

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Hilaire Belloc

B. 1870 D. 1953

2 poems available

When I am dead, I hope it may be said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.' - Hilaire Belloc

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Edmund Blunden

B. 1896 D. 1974

2 poems available

And some are sparkling, laughing, singing,/Young, heroic, mild;/And some incurable, twisted,/Shrieking, dumb, defiled. - 'Can You Remember?, Edmund Blunden

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Edwin Brock

B. 1927 D. 1997

2 poems available

The kind of poetry that excites me is the kind that comes closest to direct communication, the kind of communication that one can sometimes feel without words in a look or a gesture. - Edwin Brock

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Basil Bunting

B. 1900 D. 1985

2 poems available

Compose aloud; poetry is sound. - Advice to young poets, Basil Bunting

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Joanna Baillie

B. 1762 D. 1851

1 poem available

Go to thy little senseless play; thou dost not heed my lay. - Joanna Baillie 'A Mother To Her Waking Infant'

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Robert Burns

B. 1759 D. 1796

3 poems available

Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee, warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee. - Robert Burns 'Song: ae fond kiss and then we sever'

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