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Poetry on Moving Image Gateway

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First World War Poetry Digital Archive
An indispensable resource for those studying the poetry of the First World War, this comprehensive website is based around a core collection of primary material by major poets of the era, including the digitised correspondence, poetry and notebooks of Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves and Vera Brittain, amongst others. Contextual material includes over 150 downloadable video clips consisting of material from the last three years of the war, from the Western and Home Fronts as well as modern day recordings of notable sites in France and Belgium. Audio material encompasses interviews with veterans and a series of podcasts featuring talks and interviews with key thinkers on the literature of the war and the war in general. An Education section directs teachers, school users and those in higher education how to get the best from the resource.


Multi-lingual German poetry website featuring over 10,000 poems read by over 10,000 poets. Many of the poems also include translations which can be read as parallel texts to the original, while the user listens to the poem being read. The site includes major poets from the early 20th century, such as Paul Celan and W.B.Yeats, as well as a wide-range of contemporary poets. Users can filter their search by country, language, genre (e.g. political poetry, narrative poetry), subject, and poetic form.

The Poetry Channel
The Poetry Channel is the online repository of the conversations, readings, workshops, Q & A sessions and interviews produced by the Poetry Trust, a Suffolk-based organisation founded in 1988 which runs the annual Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, as well as organising a year round programme of events and outreach. The podcasts, which are free to download, or subscribe to via iTunes or RSS, feature many well-known poets in conversation and performing their work, including Seamus Heaney, Fleur Adcock, Simon Armitage, Maureen Duffy and Paul Durcan. In this podcast Alice Oswald discusses her motivation and approach to writing Memorial, a moving, book-length elegy based on the dead named in Homer’s Iliad, which is followed by Oswald reading from the poem.

Poetry Podcast
Readings and conversation with The New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon. Each podcast consists of a conversation between Muldoon and a guest poet. In each, the guest reads not only a poem of that has appeared in The New Yorker but also introduces, and reads, a poem by another contributor to the magazine that he or she particularly admires. The podcasts include readings by Ada Limón, Michael Robbins, Major Jackson and Robert Pinsky and can be downloaded from iTunes.

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