Public Poetry Project

The essays below pair dramatic readings of British poems with close-reading analyses and biographies of the poets. Together, these recordings and essays aim to introduce a selection of British poems to the public. The dramatic readings are also available on our class YouTube page.


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John Donne’s “The Flea”


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Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”


Annaleti

Anna Laetitia Barbauld’s “Washing Day”


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Mary Darby Robinson’s “Female Fashions for 1799”


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William Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”


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John Keats’s “Ode on A Grecian Urn”


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Charlotte Turner Smith’s “On the Departure of the Nightingale”


William Blake

William Blake’s “The Tyger” and “The Lamb”


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Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “The Lady’s Yes”


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Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”


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Christina Rossetti’s “A Better Resurrection”


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Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach”


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William Butler Yeats’s “Sailing to Byzantium”


TS Eliot

T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock”


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Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est”


Mina Loy

Mina Loy’s “Lunar Baedeker”


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Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”


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W. H. Auden’s “September 1, 1939”


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