We love poetry and we are very fortunate that The Poetry Archive like to record at The Soundhouse.

Fleur Adcock writes: " Poems are composed of the poet’s voice, they are made of the speech of the poet. Their rhythm, structure and vocabulary are those of the person who writes them… Only the poet can give the correct rhythmical interpretation and phrasing to his or her own sentences."

They have a wonderful selection of poetry on the website, www.poetryarchive.org and you can download your favourites for a minimal fee.

To hear a selection of poets read their work with their own intonation and inflection, click on the images below:

1 - Moniza Alvi

Moniza Alvi

Reads Mermaid
2- Tara Bergin reads ‘At the lake with Roberta’

Tara Bergin

Reads 'At The Lakes with Roberta'
3 - Sandeep Parmar reads ‘Invocation’

Sandeep Parmar

Reads 'Invocation'

4 - Connie Bensley reads ‘In the Palm of His Hand’

Connie Bensley

Reads 'In the Palm of His Hands'
5 - Hannah Lowe reads ‘Ribs’

Hannah Lowe

Reads 'Ribs'
6 - Isobel Dixon

Isobel Dixon

Reads 'After Grief'

7 - Jack Underwood reads ‘Some Gods’

Jack Underwood

Reads 'Some Gods'
8 - Jon Stallworthy reads ‘Letter from Berlin’

Jon Stallworthy

Reads 'Letter from Berlin'
9 - Katrina Porteous reads ‘The Ain Sakhri lovers’

Katrina Porteous

Reads 'The Ain Sakhri Lovers'

10 - Luke Wright reads ‘Dad Reins’

Luke Wright

Reads 'Dad Reins'
11 - M. R. Peacocke reads ‘Pig Sonnet’

M. R. Peacock

Reads 'Pig Sonnet'
12 - Ross Sutherland

Ross Sutherland

Reads 'Here'

13 - Mark Ford reads ‘Ravished’

Mark Ford

Reads 'Ravished'
14 - Dan Burt reads ‘Trade’

Dan Burt

Reads 'Trade'
18 - Selima Hill reads ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in the History of Lawn Tennis’

Selima Hill

Reads 'The most beautiful woman in the history of lawn tennis'
15 - Helen Mort reads ‘The Dogs’

Helen Mort

Reads 'The dogs'
16 - Rachel Rooney reads ‘Target’

Rachel Rooney

Reads 'Target'
17 - Gwyneth Lewis reads ‘Ornithology’

Gwyneth Lewis

Reads 'Ornithology'

19 - Liz Berry reads ‘Bird’

Liz Berry

Reads 'Bird'
20 - Patience Agbabi reads ‘The Doll’s House’

Patience Agbabi

Reads 'The Doll's house'
21 - Christian Campbell

Christian Campbell

Reads 'Donny Hathaway'

If you are new to poetry, check out their guide ‘ How to get the most out of The Archive

The Poetry Archive is a not for profit organisation, dedicated to bringing recordings of the best of every kind of poetry in English to a worldwide audience.

Click here to find out how you donate to support the archive.

They have a wonderful selection of poetry on their website.

All photos courtesy of the Poetry Archive