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The Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive is an ever-expanding archive of poets reading their own work. It is the world’s premier online collection. It was founded by Sir Andrew Motion, when he was UK Poet Laureate, and by recording producer, Richard Carrington.

The Poetry Archive website hosts English-language poets reading their own work. Some are historic recordings, and some have been recorded especially for the archive, which means its range is the widest possible: from Tennyson at the end of the nineteenth century, through twentieth-century poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Langston Hughes, to contemporary poets including Seamus Heaney, Benjamin Zephaniah, Ruth Padel and Kathleen Jamie.

There is a special Children’s Poetry Archive section, and downloadable resources aimed at teachers and students.

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