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This is a small selection of classical poetry. If you have a favourite poem which you would like to see here, why not let us know. (But please remember that it must be out of copyright.)

We are constantly adding to this page, but realise there is still a long way to go. Many of the biography files (visible from the individual poem pages) include links to other web sites which have more information about the poets and may have other of their works available on-line.

  George Gordon, Lord Byron
  Lewis Carroll
  Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle
  Emily Dickinson
  John Donne
  Michael Drayton
  Oliver Goldsmith
  Thomas Gray
  Thomas Hardy
  George Herbert
  Robert Herrick
  Thomas Hood
  Gerard Manley Hopkins
  Leigh Hunt
  John Keats
  D.H. Lawrence
  George MacDonald
  Christopher Marlowe
  Andrew Marvell
  John Milton
  Wilfred Owen
  Walter Raleigh
  William Brighty Rands
  William Shakespeare
  Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Sir Philip Sidney
  Edmund Spenser
  Robert Louis Stevenson
  Sir John Suckling
  Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  Edward Thomas
  Francis Thompson
  Henry Vaughan
  Edmund Waller
  Oscar Wilde
  William Wordsworth

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