Reading, or listening to, poetry is a fantastic way to relax, unwind and expand both your knowledge and vocabulary. Poetry is easy and accessible, as it doesn’t require investment in reading a long book, but provides short, sharp shots of inspiration. Give it a try!
If the spoken word moves you, check out the Poetry Foundation’s inspiring series, ‘Poem of the day’. With an audio recording of classic and contemporary poems released daily, the series also includes a host of other literary readings and discussions to enjoy.
In lieu of their annual 10-day summer event, this year the Ledbury Poetry Festival has created an archive from previous years’ events for people to immerse themselves in. Your literary fix in a flash.
The National Poetry Library has carefully curated a wide range of audio poems to help add depth to your day. Click www.nationalpoetrylibrary.org.uk/online-poetry/poems?f%5B0%5D=field_poem_format%3A5
The Poetry Archives boast thousands of audio poems available in a moment. Easy to navigate, the site allows you to search by poet, poem name or you can simply let your curiosity lead your exploration of this huge audio library.
Celebrities, including John Lithgow and Morgan Freeman, take the mic to read 50 classic poems on YouTube’s Poet’s Corner. Enjoy!
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