“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

The Poetry Archive

A web-based collection of poets reading their own work - and there are also lesson plans and activities for teachers (at the moment it's focused on History teachers, with a copper-bottomed promise to update very soon - and you can sign up for a newsletter for updates...). A sense of the site can be gleaned from Monica Ali's 'tour', where she says:
On my initial visit to the Poetry Archive, the historical recordings caught my attention first. I did not know that recordings of Tennyson, for instance, existed. Although some of the following lines were a little indistinct, it was incredibly exciting to hear the opening lines of 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. Afterwards, I explored the children's section with my kids, and they got all their poetry books out and searched for favourite poets. Then I spent time discovering poets who were new to me. She then goes on to introduce aspects of the Archive with reference to (poems by and read by) Langston Hughes, Siegfried Sassoon, Allan Ahlberg, Paul Farley, John Burnside and Seamus Heaney.

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