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This set includes poems by two poets featured in the very first set of poems in January 1986: Seamus Heaney, who was later awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Guyana-born Grace Nichols, whose poems are now read by youngsters all over the UK.
Other poems released are:
- the opening lines of ‘Endymion’ by John Keats, (‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever’) – lines which have inspired this project from its inception
- a translation by Tony Harrison of a verse by Palladas, a 4th century Alexandrian schoolmaster
- a ‘Riddle’ with Anglo-Saxon resonance by Gerard Benson, one of our founding team
- a poem by Thomas Hardy inspired by Mozart, which coincides with the celebration of Mozart on BBC Radio 3.
These poems in different ways all celebrate the enduring value of the written word, from the earliest times to the present