The process of poetry

TV advertisements are effective conduits of culture. Tunes from the opera or peices of classical music have been immortalised by their associations with everyday products and places. Poems are used less often but one exception was  Leisure by William Henry Davies (1871 – 1940).

It began with the couplet ‘What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.’

The poem was used to advertise a holiday experience but could just as well describe the process of poetry. It takes time to access poetry but it’s a shame not to invest in the occupation of poets. Poetry is individual and what makes a certain combination of words resonate for one person yet mean nothing to someone else is a mystery. But when it works it’s worth it.

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The Poetry Foundation at contains poems by over 6660 poets.

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The Poem hunter at offers a list of 500 ‘top’ poets and other lists of  ‘classical’ and ‘new’ poets.

Something for everyone with a heart…

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One poem is never the same to two people. Reading the poem on the page or hearing is read out loud can make it sound like two different pieces of work. The best way to ‘hear’ a poem as intended is to listen to the poet who wrote it. The Poetry Archive at contains dozens of examples from archive recordings of Dylan Thomas and T S Eliot to contemporary readings from Jo Shapcott and Kathleen Jamie.  Poems can be searched for by title, authors, theme or form. At a time when Internet Addiction is attracting serious attention and features like How to Fight Your Online Addiction and Regain Control of Your Attention are increasingly appearing online, if you can’t resist the temptation to browse the internet universe then sites like Poetry Archive offer an excellent use of your virtual time.