No Man is an Island by John Donne
No Man is an Island by John Donne Donne was an English metaphysical poet. Apparently had twelve secret children with one woman. He inherited a lot of money and then spent it rapidly when he was young on various vices. His life is colourful and worth reading about! http://www.archive.org/download/PoemsInEnglish/donne_no_man_island.mp3
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley It’s quite sobering to realise that nothing that you will, or even can do, will matter on the timescales of the universe. It’s also quite a liberating thought for those currently avoiding becoming the King of Kings that they have the potential to be. http://www.archive.org/download/PoemsInEnglish/shelley_ozymandias.mp3
The Flower by Lord Alfred Tennyson
The Flower by Lord Alfred Tennyson There are several different interpretations for this poem. What’s yours? Let us know! http://www.archive.org/download/PoemsInEnglish/tennyson_flower.mp3
Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare Every English schoolchild reads Shakespeare. The immediate effect is one of incomprehension and annoyance. Each subsequent encounter is richer and more fulfilling. Theories abound that the sonnets weren’t even written by Shakespeare, and are for a young man. In any case, they are excellent. ...
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the...
An Irish Airman Forsees His Death by William...
An Irish Airman Forsees His Death by William Butler Yeats Biographically, the first Irishman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. But poetically, a true visionary and later compelling social critic. http://www.archive.org/download/PoemsInEnglish/yeatsirishairman.mp3
The Tyger by William Blake
The Tyger by William Blake Blake, the author of the unofficial English national anthem, ‘Jerusalem’, wasn’t recognised as a genius until sometime after his death and was widely thought of as mad in his own time. http://www.archive.org/download/PoemsInEnglish/tygerblake.mp3
We'll Go No More A'Roving by Lord Byron
We’ll Go No More A’Roving by Lord Byron Byron lived a particularly interesting life and this remarkable little poem speaks volumes. http://www.archive.org/download/SoWellGoNoMoreArovingByLordByron/arovinlordbyron.mp3
IF by Rudyard Kipling
IF by Rudyard Kipling I’ve had fragments of this poem quoted to me by people from all walks of life. It is excellent. http://www.archive.org/download/IfByRudyardKipling-PoemsInEnglish/ifkipling.mp3
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry. ~...
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe We’re part of a cult following of the tortured genius Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem, ‘The Raven’ http://www.archive.org/download/TheRavenByEdgarAllanPoe-PoemsInEnglish/ravenallanpoe.mp3
To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell We really liked the carpe diem message driving this poem. http://www.archive.org/download/PoemsInEnglish/coymistressmarvell.mp3
La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats
La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats A real favourite. It always reminds Ben of King Arthur and the Grail legends. http://www.archive.org/download/PoemsInEnglish/belledamekeats.mp3
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. ~ Thomas Gray
To have great poets there must be great audiences too. ~Walt Whitman