We celebrate National Poetry Day with five musical settings of British poets

national-poetry-dayToday is National Poetry Day in the UK. Across the country, people are celebrating all manner of verse, from Horace to Heaney, and Emily Dickinson to Julia Donaldson.

Many of the world’s great poets have, of course, had their work set by leading composers. From Schubert’s settings of Goethe and Schumann’s of Heine and Mörike to the collaborations between Britten and WH Auden, the list is nothing if not extensive.
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For our purposes today, however, we are going to celebrate settings of British poets. Below, each of the BBC Music Magazine editorial team names their favourite.

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