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Poetry Archive puts recordings online.


A charity called The Poetry Archive is to make recordings of classic poets such as Betjeman, Kipling, Sassoon, Tennyson and Yeats available online and ensure readings from current English-speaking poets are recorded.

The Poetry Archive's development resulted from funding from the National Lottery, government, arts groups and private donators with the help of an education group headed by poet Jean Sprackland. It was developed by Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate in the UK, and producer Richard Carrington and is expected to act as a resource for students and teachers.

The archive will feature working poets such as Harold Pinter, Margaret Atwood and Seamus Heaney but the archive's founders said there are no recordings of people such as DH Lawrence, AE Housman and Thomas Hardy. Motion said poets possess unique insights and rights to their work and hopes the archive will remove some of the prejudices surrounding poetry.

In 2000 a recording programme began to ensure poets are recorded reading their own work - poet Allen Curnow was recorded just before his death in 2001 and Charles Causley was recorded about a year before his death in 2003.

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Date:Nov 30, 2005
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