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NATIONAL POETRY DAY: more

Find more poems about freedom online on this site and further afield, on some of our favourite sites in the UK and US.

But don't limit your search to online sources:  explore our catalogue and everything we have on the shelves becomes accessible. If you see something that interests you, it's easy to get fixed up as a borrower - and easy to borrow by post.

How to Construct an Albatross
Louise Greig

Begin by setting the instructions aside.
Instead tune the mind to flight.

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Skeleton Staff
Dilys Rose

Spring Bank Holiday. The first hot day of the year.
As the others, in shorts, slob around beer gardens
or sprawl in parks...

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Retreat
Andrew Forster

Once a month they escape the world of tube-trains, deadlines, traffic jams, to slip on country selves...

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The Scottish Prince
Carol Ann Duffy

O Scottish Prince, the heathery air sweetens the night.
Bats hang upside down in the pines like lamps waiting
for light. Ask me, ask me to dance to the skirl o' the pipes.

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Westray Prayer
John Glenday

Let us now give thanks
for these salt-blown
wind-burned pastures

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Stanzas
George Gordon, Lord Byron

When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home,
  Let him combat for that of his neighbours;
Let him think of the glories of Greece and of Rome,
  And get knock'd on the head for his labours.

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The New Colossus
Emma Lazarus

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free [...]"

Read the poem on the Poetry Foundation site

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