Canadian Poetry Audio Archives

The Canadian Poetry Audio Archives is Canada's first online bilingual poetry audio archive.

The database contains a sampling of audio recordings of Canada's most acclaimed poets reading from their works, transcripts of poems and photographs. Audio recordings include Middle Distance by Phyllis Webb and Corps de l'instant by Gatien Lapointe. Photographs include Louis Dudek and P.K. Page.

Although the interface for the database is bilingual, poetry transcripts, audio recordings and poem titles appear in their original language only. Transcripts are provided for all audio recordings.

The key objective of this site is to connect students, teachers and Canadian literary enthusiasts with the riches of our country's diverse literary heritage and, in so doing, educate and inspire a new generation of Canadian writers and readers.

Search help

  • Keywords
  • Surname, Given Name (Name of Poet)
  • Poem Title
  • Language
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    • English
    • French
  • Type of File
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    • Audio
    • Image
    • Text
  • Theme
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    • Pre-Confederation Poets
    • Poets from 1867 to 1899
    • Early 20th-Century Poets
    • Poets Between the World Wars
    • Poets from 1940 to 1970
    • Contemporary Poets

Copyright and Source Information on the Materials

To find copyright and source information on the materials featured in this project, click on the "Source" link directly below the images or texts.

  • For archival materials, the "Source" link will bring you to a descriptive record.
  • For non-archival materials, this link will bring you to a "Source" Web page, where you will find the source from which the image or text was taken, as well as information on the copyright status and ownership of the material.

Before reproducing materials, images and graphical elements from Library and Archives Canada's website, please read the additional copyright information found on the Copyright — Important Notices page.


Library and Archives Canada gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Department of Canadian Heritage, whose financial assistance through the Canadian Culture Online Program made this work possible.

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