National Poetry Day 2016

It’s National Poetry Day today! Celebrate by reading an old favourite or trying a poet you haven’t experienced before!

Check out our post from World Poetry Day this year, Pick Up a Poem, where we asked our Information Store staff members about their favourite poems.

A poem by Alexander Blok on a wall in Leiden

We’ve reviewed The World’s Wife by Carol Anne Duffy here  and I Wish You Were Here (And I Wasn’t) by Colin McNaughton here. Remember that we have a great selection of humorous poems in our Quick Reads section!

Learn more about the fantastic Benjamin Zephaniah here, who inspires a generation of young poets.

Buzzfeed asked some of the best modern British poets about the poems that influenced them here.

The Poetry Foundation is filled with incredible poets to discover, reading suggestions, poetry news and articles, plus audio recordings of poems being read. If you want to widen your reading, this is a great place to start.


Pepicek (no date) Alexander Blok – Noch, ulica, fonar, apteka [photograph] Accessible at:,_ulica,_fonar,_apteka.jpg (Accessed on: 06/10/16)



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