Sir Andrew Motion Poetry Website

Former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion has launched an iTunes-style website for poetry featuring a host of famous names reading their favourite verse.

More than 1,600 different recordings of work by hundreds of writers can be listened to for free or downloaded to keep for a fee from the Poetry Archive.

Recordings include Spike Milligan reading The Land Of The Bumbly Boo and war poet Siegfried Sassoon’s The Dug Out as well as contemporary figures including Carol Ann Duffy.

There is also a section including work by authors who died before the invention of recording equipment featuring actors such as Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren and Kenneth Branagh reading their favourite poems.

Among the recordings are Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe reading a Shakespeare sonnet and The Hour star Romola Garai reading Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach.

You can listen here to Daniel recite Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130, he did a few years back.

Source: Telegraph

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