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Poets have always written poems about love. We have put together a collection of recordings of some of the best classic love poems, introduced and read for you by today’s poets. From Elizabeth Barrett Browning asking “How do I love thee?” to Lord Byron declaring…

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Edgar Allan Poe

B. 1809 D. 1849

2 poems available

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. - A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

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5 poems available

A tune that one has once heard and liked [that] seems to haunt the mind and will not be dismissed until entirely mastered.

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Sarah Howe

B. 1983

4 poems available

Rich and fierce, Sarah Howe's poems are alive to the complex stories and voices that cohere around objects, family and place. . . surprising and moving. . . - EDMUND DE WAAL

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6 poems available

These hands have Moulded monuments, created crafts, healed hearts. Khosi Xaba, from 'These Hands'

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6 poems available

'this spiral / of making while unmaking while / the world goes round' -- Mary Jo Salter, 'Young Girl Peeling Apples'

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7 poems available

Richard Price retains an individual voice in which intense feelings of love, or dislocation, are packing into often short, complex lyrics -- Carol Ann Duffy

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4 poems available

Wheatley's is a poetry of displacement, uncertainty and sheer possibility ... Stimulating, resourceful and often very funny - The Guardian

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7 poems available

Memorable poetry of sustained lyrical power - Peter McDonald, TLS

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7 poems available

She has the comic's knack of placing a lot of weight on thin-shouldered words, words blurred by common currency which are suddenly brought into sharp focus and don't really want to be. Beyond the laughs there's great poignancy - Observer

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Dick Davis

B. 1945

6 poems available

The balance of passion and poise is a constant tension in Davis's work - PN Review

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5 poems available

We are born to bring light / To honour the blessing of each moment / The gift of every life - Malika Ndlovu

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