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The Mighty Dead


Read by Simon Russell Beale
Ulysses - Alfred Tennyson - Read by Simon Russell Beale
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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day (Sonnet 18) - William Shakespeare - Read by Ian McKellen
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If Thou Must Love Me (Sonnet 14) - Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Read by Rosamund Pike
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The First Day

Read by Judi Dench
The First Day - Christina Rossetti - Read by Judi Dench
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Read by Rosamund Pike
Remember - Christina Rossetti - Read by Rosamund Pike
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She Walks in Beauty

Read by Jude Law
She Walks in Beauty - Lord Byron - Read by Jude Law
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National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and…


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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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How perilous is it to choose / not to love the life we're shown? -- 'The Badgers,' Seamus Heaney


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I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi


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Lord teach wings how/in the stark silence of these evenings/ in the fine chiselled rock spaces/ to fold and nest... - 'After Heartease New England', Velma Pollard


Percy Bysshe Shelley

B. 1792 D. 1822

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Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Ode to a Skylark'