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Anna Laetitia Barbauld

B. 1743 D. 1825

2 poems available

Woman! too long degraded, scorned, opprest; / O born to rule in partial Law's despite, / Resume thy native empire o'er the breast! Anna Laetitia Barbauld, 'The Rights of Women'

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Anne Bradstreet

B. 1612 D. 1672

4 poems available

All things within this fading world hath end. ('Before the Birth of One of Her Children')

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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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Sebastian Barker

B. 1945 D. 2014

5 poems available

Look for the opening of your spirit into the real world. This is the world in which your words ring true - Sebastian Barker

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William Cowper

B. 1731 D. 1800

1 poem available

Here lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue, nor swifter greyhound follow, whose foot ne'er tainted morning dew, nor ear heard huntsman's halloo'. - William Cowper 'Epitaph on a hare'

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7 poems available

And again I see the long pouring headland, / And smoking coast with the sea high on the rocks, / The gulls flung from the sea, the dark hooded hills / Swarming with mist, and mist low on the sea - Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, 'The Return'

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Austin Clarke

B. 1896 D. 1974

Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find/ A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart/ All that the clergy banish from the mind,/ When hands are joined and head bows in the dark. - 'Penal Law' by Austin Clarke

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Allen Curnow

B. 1911 D. 2001

3 poems available

All poems are rash acts. - Allen Curnow

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John Clare

B. 1793 D. 1864

3 poems available

If life had a second edition, how I would correct the proofs?. John Clare

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6 poems available

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket: let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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6 poems available

Poems of an alert imagination and a strongly original mind, poems that run along the dangerous edge of things, risky and skilful as an acrobat. - UA Fanthorpe

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5 poems available

He stands among the indispensable poets of modern and contemporary Scotland ? Douglas Dunn

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