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Cockermouth poets tell a watery tale

More than 80 ways of looking in verse at floods, torrents, waterspouts, seas, rain - and a faraway desert The Cumbrian town of Cockermouth has been a model of how to revive a community following a...

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Guardian Books Poetry podcast: Fiona Sampson reads George Herbert

Fiona Sampson reads two poems by the seventeenth-century Anglo-Welsh poet George Herbert, "Love" and "Heaven". Fiona Sampson Tim Maby

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Simon Armitage to walk south-west coast path, paying his way with poetry

Poet plans to travel from Minehead to the Scilly Isles this summer, giving poetry readings in return for food and shelter The award-winning poet Simon Armitage is preparing to throw himself on the...

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'Publishing poetry is easier than ever before': the teen poetry online...

Ollie Lambert, a teen who created The Poetry Challenge on the Movellas website, explains the appeal of sharing poetry onlineFind out more about how sites such as Movellas are kickstarting teen poetry...

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How the internet is kickstarting a teen poetry revolution

Sites such as Movellas and Wattpad are seeing huge numbers of teens writing, reading and sharing poetry. Alison Flood investigates the phenomenon and talks to some of the teens publishing their poetry...

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Guardian Books Poetry podcast: Michael Symmons Roberts reads John Donne

In our series of poets reading their favourite work written by others, Michael Symmons Roberts reads an early poem by John Donne: Elegy 19 To His Mistress Going To Bed. Tim Maby

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Guardian Books Poetry podcast: Fleur Adcock reads Judith Wright

The latest podcast in our series of poets choosing their favourite poem finds Fleur Adcock reading Judith Wright's Request To A Year Tim Maby

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The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio – poet, seducer and preacher of war by Lucy...

The man Mussolini hailed as a John the Baptist of fascism was a national hero with an insatiable appetite for sex On 7 August 1915, Gabriele d'Annunzio and Giuseppe Miraglia took off from Venice in a...

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Guardian Books poetry podcast: Alice Oswald reads There Was a Man of Double Deed

Alice Oswald rounds off the first week in our series of poets choosing their favourite poem with a reading of a nursery rhyme, There Was a Man of Double Deed Alice Oswald Tim Maby

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Magnifique! Académie française elects first British-born member

Poet and professor Michael Edwards, 74, from Barnes, joins elite learned body that defends the purity of the French language A poet, critic and literature professor from Barnes in southwest London has...

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In Secret: Versions of Yannis Ritsos translated by David Harsent – review

Beverley Bie Brahic is charmed by a collection of taut, laconic lyrics from Greece's preeminent poet I don't know if it's the same in Greek, but in French, en secret is a loaded phrase, with the usual...

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Saturday poem: A Childhood, by Robin Robertson

by Robin Robertson The last bottle of lemonade is noddingin the rock pool, keeping cold. A childhood,put away for later. I'm too busy to noticethe sun is going, that they're packing up,that it's...

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Dear Boy by Emily Berry – review

Emily Berry has a refreshingly free, not to say incendiary approach to poetry Emily Berry's debut is a treat. She is a new yet anything but hesitant voice. What is stimulating is that she approaches...

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Lucretius, part 7: becoming a god | Emma Woolerton

Lucretius's Epicurean philosophy doesn't deny gods' existence, only that they affect us. Instead, we must aim to be as them Lucretius follows a materialist philosophy that denies any purpose to the...

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Poem of the week: Words by Edward Thomas

This loose-limbed lyric on the elemental power of language seems rooted in a distinctly Welsh landscape Poets choose their words with the utmost care, don't they? "The best words in the best order"...

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Guardian Books poetry podcast: Imtiaz Dharker reads Elizabeth Bishop, Louis...

Imtiaz Dharker launches our second week of poets choosing their favourite poems with a dazzling trio: One Art by Elizabeth Bishop, Meeting Point by Louis MacNeice and Yeshwant Rao by Arun Kolatkar Tim...

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50 unseen Rudyard Kipling poems discovered

Scholar unearths trove of unpublished work by poet voted Britain's favourite Kipling scholars are celebrating the publication of lost poems by the author whose exhortations in "If" to "keep your head...

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Guardian Books poetry podcast: Paul Farley reads Patrick Kavanagh

Our series of poets reading favourite works continues with Paul Farley reading 'Innocence' by Patrick Kavanagh Paul Farley Tim Maby

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Brighton festival 2013 takes off, with Michael Rosen at helm

Programme for May's three-week arts celebration – released today – will feature Emil and the Detectives, Judith Kerr and Michael Rosen's orchestral work for kids, The Great Enormo Emil and the...

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Guardian Books poetry podcast: John Burnside reads Maxine Kumin

Today John Burnside chooses The Retrieval System by Maxine Kumin, a look at doubling mirrored in its intricate rhyme scheme John Burnside Tim Maby

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