As well as new recordings by contemporary poets the Poetry Archive also contains selections of classic poems recorded by contemporary voices.

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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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Katherine Philips

B. 1632 D. 1664

1 poem available

What on Earth deserves our trust? Youth and Beauty both are dust. - Katherine Philips 'Epitaph'

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Henry King

B. 1592 D. 1669

1 poem available

Sleep on my love in thy cold bed, never to be disquieted. - Henry King 'An exequy to his matchless never to be forgotten friend'

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John Dryden

B. 1631 D. 1700

1 poem available

From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began. - John Dryden 'A Song For St Cecilia's Day'

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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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Chidiock Tichborne

B. 1562 D. 1586

1 poem available

My prime of youth is but a frost of cares. - Chidiock Tichborne 'Tichborne's Elegy'

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Walter Raleigh

B. 1552 D. 1618

2 poems available

But love is a durable fire, in the mind ever burning; never sick, never old, never dead, from itself never turning. - Walter Ralegh 'Walsingham'

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Mary Sidney Herbert

B. 1561 D. 1621

1 poem available

Oh, what a lantern, what a lamp of light - Mary Sidney Herbert, O

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Charlotte Smith

B. 1749 D. 1806

2 poems available

Ah! why has happiness no second spring? Charlotte Smith

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Isaac Rosenberg

B. 1890 D. 1918

5 poems available

My days are but the tombs of buried hours; / Which tombs are hidden in the piled years; / But from the mounds there spring up many flowers, / Whose beauty well repays their cost of tears. Isaac Rosenberg, 'My Days'

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Alexander Pope

B. 1688 D. 1744

3 poems available

And die of nothing but a rage to live

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2 poems available

Man differs more from man than man from beast.

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