If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry
Emily Dickinson

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  • Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait II (after the Life Mask of William Blake)' 1955

    Francis Bacon
    Study for Portrait II (after the Life Mask of William Blake) 1955
    Oil on canvas
    support: 610 x 508 mm frame: 733 x 631 x 70 mm
    Purchased 1979 Estate of Francis Bacon

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  • William Blake, ''Songs of Innocence': Title-Page' 1789, reprinted 1831 or later

    William Blake
    'Songs of Innocence': Title-Page 1789, reprinted 1831 or later
    Relief etching on paper
    image: 120 x 64 mm
    Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922

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  • William Blake, 'A Vision: The Inspiration of the Poet (Elisha in the Chamber on the Wall)' circa 1819-20?

    William Blake
    A Vision: The Inspiration of the Poet (Elisha in the Chamber on the Wall) circa 1819-20?
    Pencil and watercolour on paper
    image: 244 x 211 mm frame: 530 x 455 x 30 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Edwin C. Cohen and Echoing Green 1989

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  • attributed to Henry Singleton, 'The Poet' date not known

    attributed to Henry Singleton
    The Poet date not known
    Pencil, watercolour and pen and ink on paper
    support: 132 x 180 mm
    Purchased as part of the Opp Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Vignette Study for 'The Expulsion from Paradise', for Milton's 'Poetical Works'' circa 1834

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Vignette Study for 'The Expulsion from Paradise', for Milton's 'Poetical Works' circa 1834
    Pencil and watercolour
    support: 235 x 159 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Ford Madox Brown, 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' 1856-68

    Ford Madox Brown
    Chaucer at the Court of Edward III 1856-68
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1232 x 991 mm frame: 1490 x 1263 x 115 mm
    Purchased 1906

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  • Henry Wallis, 'Chatterton' 1856

    Henry Wallis
    Chatterton 1856
    Oil on canvas
    support: 622 x 933 mm frame: 905 x 1205 x 132 mm
    Bequeathed by Charles Gent Clement 1899

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  • John William Waterhouse, 'The Lady of Shalott' 1888

    John William Waterhouse
    The Lady of Shalott 1888
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1530 x 2000 mm frame: 2000 x 2460 x 230 mm
    Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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  • Marc Chagall, 'The Poet Reclining' 1915

    Marc Chagall
    The Poet Reclining 1915
    Oil on board
    support: 772 x 775 mm frame: 953 x 960 x 91 mm
    Purchased 1942 ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

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  • Gertrude Hermes, 'Kathleen Raine' 1954

    Gertrude Hermes
    Kathleen Raine 1954
    Bronze
    object: 508 x 495 x 330 mm, 27.4 kg
    Presented by Miss Kay M. Murphy 1959 The estate of Gertrude Hermes

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  • Ceri Richards, ''Do not go gentle into that good night'' 1956

    Ceri Richards
    'Do not go gentle into that good night' 1956
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1067 x 711 mm frame: 1090 x 732 x 40 mm
    Presented by Abris Silberman through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1961 The estate of Ceri Richards

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  • Carl Andre, 'Rotor Reflector Review' 1967

    Carl Andre
    Rotor Reflector Review 1967
    Drawing on paper
    support: 273 x 210 mm
    Presented by David Novros through the American Federation of Arts 1977 Carl Andre/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2002

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  • Henri Matisse, 'The Inattentive Reader' 1919

    Henri Matisse
    The Inattentive Reader 1919
    Oil on canvas
    support: 730 x 924 mm frame: 922 x 1110 x 90 mm
    Bequeathed by Montague Shearman through the Contemporary Art Society 1940 Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2002

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The power of poetry has inspired artists for centuries: whether it blows your mind…or (to paraphrase Welsh poet Dylan Thomas), makes you laugh, cry and your toe nails twinkle, we hope you are inspired by our selection of art that celebrates poets and poetry.

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