The Poetry Archive is an online resource which has been created to record the voices of living poets and to preserve them for posterity, whilst helping to make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wid e audience. With over 130 recordings the Archive offers a wide range of poets and is adding new recordings all the time, thus presenting a wonderful record of the voices of contemporary poets. The complete list of recordings, each approximately one-hour long, are available on CD from the Poetry Bookshop Online.
Co-directors Sir Andrew Motion and the recording producer Richard Carrington are continuing to record poets and to add them to the Archive. They believe that hearing a poet reading his or her work remains uniquely illuminating. It helps us to understand the work as well as helping us to enjoy it. When a poet dies without making a recording, a precious resource is lost for ever and as time goes by that loss is felt more and more keenly. What would we not give to be able to hear Keats and Byron reading their work?
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