4 December 2005

Online archive to feature poetry recordings

UK poet laureate Andrew Motion and record producer Richard Carrington are creating an online archive of recordings of English-speaking poets.

The Poetry Archive will include recordings of poets such as Tennyson, Yeats, Kipling, Betjeman and Sassoon, and will also feature recordings of living poets reading their own work -- Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, and Harold Pinter for example.

However, recordings of some important poets don't exist (A.E. Housman, Thomas Hardy, and D.H. Lawrence).

In some cases, poets were recorded reading their work shortly before they died, allowing future generations to hear those poets.

Motion and Carrington said the archive will prove especially valuable for students and teachers. Motion said, "The readings are at once instant in their appeal, and lingering in their impact."

BBC, 30 November 2005
(Source: email newsletter, "Edupage", December 02, 2005

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