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Seamus Heaney Bogland by Seamus Heaney 
An early nature poem about digging into Ireland's soft wet earth and into her past.
W.H.Auden After Reading a Child's Guide to Modern Physics
by W.H.Auden
A witty examination of our passion for scientific knowledge.
Jo Shapcott Love in the Lab by Jo Shapcott 
A poem which has 'a way of turning physics into the physical'.
Benjamin Zephaniah Talking Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah 
The Rasta poet says liberate turkeys from the tyranny of Christmas!
John Hegley On the Booze by John Hegley 
John Hegley details his father's brief flirtation with alcohol.

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Roger McGough The Cats' Protection League by Roger McGough 
Cats get nasty in this poem loved by both children and adults.
John Betjeman Diary of a Church Mouse by Sir John Betjeman 
Life in an English church, as seen from an unusual angle.
Ogden Nash You and Me and P.B. Shelley by Ogden Nash 
The poet of entertainment contemplates life and PB Shelley.
Derek Walcott Homecoming: Anse La Raye by Derek Walcott 
A Caribbean homecoming full of memory and contrast.
Ted Hughes A March Calf by Ted Hughes 
The acclaimed Poet Laureate creates intense imagery on the savagery of nature and the animal world.
Les Murray The Mitchells by Les Murray 
A poem on the values and practices of rural Australia.
Sylvia Plath Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath 
A disturbing monologue on death, rebirth and survival, written four months before the poet's suicide.
Benjamin Zephaniah Miss World by Benjamin Zephaniah 
The Rasta poet has a word or two about beauty contests.
Lord Tennyson The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Tennyson 
Inspired by The Times' account of a Crimean fiasco. Recorded in 1890.
Stevie Smith Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith 
Based on a newspaper article about a seaside misunderstanding.
Simon Armitage You May Turn Over and Begin by Simon Armitage 
Memories of school exams and the age of consent.
Wendy Cope Men and Their Boring Wendy Cope 
Gender differences exposed with humour and a sharp knife.
Brian Patten Into My Mirror Has Walked by Brian Patten 
A magical and mysterious love poem from a master of the genre.
Roger McGough The Most Unforgettable Roger McGough 
One of his adult poems, full of tips for prospective poets.
Adrian Mitchell Bessie Smith in Yorkshire by Adrian Mitchell 
A surreal fan letter to the Empress of the Blues.
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