About the poets

‘Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.’ Plato

About the poets

Pagesmith features some of the world’s best-loved poets, including Nobel and Poet Laureates, and Pulitzer-prize winners. Discover great contemporary work, from Simon Armitage’s ‘Kid’ to Mary Jean Chan’s ‘Practice’. And revisit timeless classics – like W. B. Yeats’s ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ and Wordsworth’s ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’.

The original selection of poems for Pagesmith was made by Daisy Goodwin and Ottilie Wilford. Daisy Goodwin is the editor of multiple bestselling poetry anthologies, a former chair of the Poetry Book Society, and a contributor to the BBC and the Sunday Times. Ottilie Wilford is a screenwriter and poet.

Poetry makes plain what we all feel, but find hard to say. It is life’s truth distilled into words. So, when it’s someone you really care for, whatever the occasion, let these writers say it for you.

Poets include:

A
  • Fleur Adcock
  • Moniza Alvi
  • Simon Armitage
  • Matthew Arnold
B
  • Anna Lætitia Barbauld
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Kate Bass
  • Aphra Behn
  • Hilaire Belloc
  • Connie Bensley
  • Emily Berry
  • William Blake
  • Pat Boran
  • Anne Bradstreet
  • Donald Britton
  • Emily Brontë
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Robert Browning
  • Robert Burns
  • Lord Byron
C
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Charles Causley
  • Mary Jean Chan
  • John Clare
  • David Constantine
  • Hart Crane
D
  • W. H. Davies
  • C. Day-Lewis
  • Emily Dickinson
  • John Donne
  • Carol Ann Duffy
  • Joe Dunthorne
E
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
F
  • U. A. Fanthorpe
  • Alison Fell
  • Matthew Francis
G
  • W. S. Graham
  • Thom Gunn
H
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Tony Harrison
  • George Herbert
  • Robert Herrick
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • A. E. Housman
J
  • Elizabeth Jennings
K
  • John Keats
  • Rudyard Kipling
L
  • Philip Larkin
  • D. H. Lawrence
  • Denise Levertov
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Daniel Ladinsky
M
  • Lachlan Mackinnon
  • Louis MacNeice
  • Andrew Marvell
  • Roger McGough
  • Jamie McKendrick
  • Ian McMillan
  • Charlotte Mew
  • Thomas Moore
  • Andrew Motion
  • Edwin Muir
  • Paul Muldoon
N
  • Daljit Nagra
  • Rosemary Norman
  • Alden Nowlan
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
O
  • Wilfred Owen
P
  • Don Paterson
  • Marge Piercy
  • Ezra Pound
R
  • Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Christina Rossetti
S
  • Vernon Scannell
  • Richard Scott
  • William Shakespeare
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Stevie Smith
  • Sydney Smith
  • Elizabeth Smither
  • Anne Stevenson
  • May Swenson
T
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Edward Thomas
W
  • Derek Walcott
  • Walt Whitman
  • Walter D. Wintle
  • William Wordsworth
  • James Wright
Y
  • W. B. Yeats
Translator
  • Frank O'Connor
  • Jessie Lamont