Quantcast
Channel: Poetry | The Guardian
Mark channel Not-Safe-For-Work? cancel confirm NSFW Votes: (0 votes)
Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel.
0

TS Eliot's fountain pen gets first outing at Royal Society of Literature

Pen presented by poet's widow will be used by society fellows – replacing quill used by Charles Dickens Only the tiny letters TSE engraved on the gold band give away the distinguished pedigree of the...

View Article

Lucretius, part 9: the calculating poet | Emma Woolerton

Why did Lucretius choose to write in poetry? The answer lies in his evangelism for both Epicureanism and his own legacy Epicurus didn't like poetry. He thought it was unclear in comparison to prose,...

View Article

Nottingham travel tips: Southwell, good for Lord Byron bad for Charles I

Southwell Minster commands the view in this Nottinghamshire town but it also features a rich artistic and historical heritage As you descend the hill and approach Southwell, nestling in the Trent...

View Article


Chain Ghazal: Chickens by Esther Greenleaf Mürer

Using repetition to splice two genres – the oriental ghazal and the blues – this humorous offering demonstrates the poet's joy in language and form There's always a wealth of interesting new writing...

View Article

Oysterity, a poem for the budget by Sean O'Brien

As an appetiser for Wednesday's budget announcement, we publish a new poem about consumption and regret by the Forward prize-winning poet Blah about "society"And what we should give back –The matter...

View Article

Entries open for Foyle young poets of the year award

Young poets aged 11-17 from all over the world are invited to enter this year's competition with a poem on any theme Attracting over 7,000 entries from all over world, the Foyle young poets of the...

View Article


Dear Boy by Emily Berry – review

This is a debut of sinful inventiveness and heartrending truth in which everyday life is surreally reimagined, writes Ben Wilkinson If one of the most liberating moments in a writer's life comes with...

View Article

From the Observer archive, 25 March 1979: Stephen Spender on the art of...

The poet and novelist considers the awe he inspires in others – for having met the likes of Eliot, Woolf and Sassoon If in company, I mention the name of a famous friend or acquaintance, dead or...

View Article

DH Lawrence's poetry 'ruined by censorship'

New edition of author's work reveals him as a talented war poet who attacked British imperialism DH Lawrence was an infamous victim of the censor as his sexually explicit novel Lady Chatterley's Lover...

View Article


Hill of Doors by Robin Robertson – review

Autobiography and myth are the themes of this collection, which contains poems as satisfying as novels Robin Robertson's fifth collection has been artfully organised. He has shown in earlier work (for...

View Article

Poem of the week: Bird on a Briar by Anonymous

Whether sacred, profane – or both – the mystery of this poem remains immediately appealing some 700 years on This week's poem is among the earliest surviving English love lyrics. "Bird on a Briar" or,...

View Article

Kate Tempest wins Ted Hughes poetry prize for 'spoken story'

Young poet was recognised for Brand New Ancients, which reincarnates the gods of old in members of two London families Kate Tempest – one of the few well-known poets to have performed at Glastonbury...

View Article


First world war poem wins National Poetry Competition 2013

Patricia McCarthy wins £5,000 prize and comparisons with Wilfred Own and Siegfried SassoonClick here to read the winning poem A poem inspired by her late mother's stories of the first world war, which...

View Article

National Poetry Competition 2013: The winning poem

Read the unexpected picture of the first world war painted by the winner of this year's £5,000 prize Clothes that escaped the Great War by Patricia McCarthy Not the familiar ghosts: the shaggy dog of...

View Article

50 Shades of Pam Ayres pastiche. Join the BDSM fun

Her take on EL James isn't really hers, alas. But different poets taking command of Christian and Ana sounds like fun. Who wants to play? So the "Pam Ayres" Fifty Shades of Grey poem isn't by Pam...

View Article


Nick Laird: It is necessary to spell your poetry correctly

No pictures, frost or footnotes in your submissions please, begs National Poetry Competition judge Nick Laird I spent a few weeks recently reading through 10,000 of the 13,000 entries for the National...

View Article

Simon Armitage: a poetic pilgrimage around Devon and Cornwall

He did it two years ago, walking the Pennine Way, but will the poet be as successful when he travels around the south-west of England this summer, with nothing but poetry for tender? After walking the...

View Article

Spring: where has it gone?

This long and bitter winter has tested the resilience of life all across the land, from lambing ewes to hatching birds and buds. But what of its toll on us? A hall of fame for creatures able to...

View Article


Paul Muldoon: a life in poetry

I'm interested in what can be done with words, but I like to jazz things up a bit Collecting lyrics from the more literary end of pop songwriting into a book is nothing new. In recent years Leonard...

View Article

Poem of the week: When that I was and a little tiny boy by William Shakespeare

For 1 April, a sonorous refrain from one of literature's most plaintive fools, making plain the shadows behind the japes It's not often that April Fool's Day and "Poem of the week Monday" coincide. So...

View Article