Explore poetry using our special collections. Curated around specific themes and forms, these collections bring you the wealth of poetry available in the Archive.

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Guided Tour

“I love this archive. It’s an important reminder that all literature has its roots in the human voice. Black print on white paper is not remote and abstract stuff but grows out from ‘ordinary’ language, is linked to stories told…

Guided Tour

“Stephen Fry is a man of many talents: actor, novelist, comedian, librettist, thinker and wit. In an interview with Michael Parkinson, he was described as being “a man with a brain the size of Kent”. This is his tour of…

Guided Tour

“My short tour of the Poetry Archive is designed to show its range, as well as the strength-in-depth of its holdings. And also to demonstrate how the pleasures and meanings of poetry depend as much on sound-sense as they do…