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Thomas Gray

B. 1716 D. 1771

1 poem available

The Curfew tolls the knell of parting day, the lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea - Thomas Gray, 'Elegy written in a county church yard'

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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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Philip Sidney

B. 1554 D. 1586

1 poem available

My true-love hath my heart and I have his. - Philip Sidney 'Song From Arcadia'

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Ben Jonson

B. 1572 D. 1637

1 poem available

Drink to me only with thine eyes, and I will pledge with mine. - Ben Jonson 'Song To Celia'

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7 poems available

The composition stage of the poem is not finished until I am satisfied with how the poem works in the mouth and in the ear as well as in relation to its imagery and its meaning.

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Helen Mort

B. 1985

4 poems available

I'm drawn to what you might think of as traditional lyric poetry; it's an enduring, effective, powerful means of expression.

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2 poems available

Adventurous, compelling and utterly original - The Times

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3 poems available

Resonant and lyrical, linguistically precise and emotionally evasive, often at the same time - The Guardian

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3 poems available

His poetry is what all poetry should be, the surprising and beautiful organisation of things that life has disorganised. John Fuller

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2 poems available

Man differs more from man than man from beast.

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Christopher Marlowe

B. 1564 D. 1593

3 poems available

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

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Andrew Marvell

B. 1621 D. 1678

4 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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