Poetry by Heart

Poetry by Heart

A Treasury of Poems to Read Aloud


Familiar poems and almost unknown poems. Love poems and war poems. Funny poems and heartbroken poems. Poems that re-create the world we know and poems written on the dark side of the moon.

Poetry by Heart is an essential collection of over 200 poems, from Geoffrey Chaucer to Emily Dickinson, from Christina Rossetti to Benjamin Zephaniah, all carefully chosen for their suitability for learning and reciting. This is an anthology which celebrates the age-old pleasure of reciting poems - an anthology for all ages to treasure.


  • The poems we learn stay with us for the rest of our lives. They become personal and invaluable, and what's more they are free gifts - there for the taking
    Simon Armitage

About the author

Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion's most recent collection of poetry is Essex Clay. He was poet laureate from 1999 to 2009, served for some years as Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is now Homewood Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
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