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Timothy McFarland obituary

Timothy McFarland, who has died aged 76, was an expert on medieval German literature. He had a particular love for the epic poetry of Wolfram von Eschenbach, the author of Parzival, which he taught...

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Simon Armitage's Black Roses – extract

Following the killing of goth teenager Sophie Lancaster in 2007 Simon Armitage wrote a prose poem called Black Roses. Here we publish an extract Have we said the wrong word?Have we made the wrong...

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The Saturday poem: Talking to Myself by Dannie Abse

by Dannie Abse In the mildew of ageall pavements slope uphill slow slowtowards an exit. It's late and light allowsthe darkest shadow to be born of it. Courage, the ventriloquist bird cries(a little...

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RS Thomas: Serial Obsessive by M Wynn Thomas – review

Rowan Williams discovers the man behind the myth in a superb collection of critical essays; a man as 'unignorable as a creaking door' RS Thomas would have been 100 years old last week. One of the...

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Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's body to be exhumed over murder claims

Chilean poet was long thought to have succumbed to cancer but driver claims he was murdered by Pinochet regime The remains of the Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda are to be removed from his grave...

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Pablo Neruda’s body exhumed following murder claim - video

The body of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is being exhumed in Isla Negra, Chile, after claims that he died as a result of poisoning in 1973

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Poem of the week: Autobiography Without Pronouns by Tiffany Atkinson

Swept clean of the 'I', this is poetry full of space and light and freewheeling observation The title of this week's poem, "Autobiography Without Pronouns," from Kink and Particle by Tiffany Atkinson,...

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Pablo Neruda: Chile's beloved poet endures, as do questions over his death |...

Neruda's art was part of the struggle for social justice. His body is being exhumed over claims Pinochet's regime murdered him Forty years after his death, the body of a poet will be gently...

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Pablo Neruda's importance was as much political as poetic

On top of this week's exhumation, research is underlining why the newly-installed junta was so keen to be rid of him On 22 September 1973, Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda – whom Gabriel García Márquez...

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Rare John Keats portrait comes to auction

Miniature showing an unfamiliar view of the poet, probably painted from life, to go on sale next month A rare portrait of John Keats, unusually showing the poet meeting the artist's eye rather than...

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Charlotte Brontë poem manuscript sells for £92,000

Minuscule handwritten work from 1829 measures just three inches square A minuscule handwritten poem by Charlotte Brontë, composed when the author was just 13, has been sold for almost £100,000. Signed...

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Kate Tempest: the performance poet who can't be ignored

Kate Tempest – the first person under 40 to win the Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry – explains how hip-hop, rap and raves led her to write an hour-long spoken story set to music On paper,...

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Why Margaret Thatcher chose Wordsworth's Ode for her funeral

Intimations of Immortality is a remarkable choice, both heartfelt and considered Margaret Thatcher's choice of William Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early...

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Sylvia Plath gets all-star tribute for Ariel anniversary

Actors and poets including Juliet Stevenson and Jo Shapcott will gather to recite the entire collection 50 years on from its publication "The muse," wrote Sylvia Plath to her friend and fellow poet...

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Yoko Ono publishes poetry sequel 50 years after first book

Acorn, according to publisher OR Books, is an extension of the 'intricate strands' Ono first wove in Grapefruit, published in 1964 "Poetry in action with participation," is how artist and musician...

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Tony Harrison to headline Leeds literature festival the Big Bookend

Celebration of city's cultural heritage will ask the question: where is Leeds 25 years after Harrison's poem V? Two and a half decades after Tony Harrison's working-class call to arms V was published...

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Dear World & Everyone in It: New Poetry in the UK edited by Nathan Hamilton –...

David Morley on a brave anthology of new poetry edited with electric panache Is this the friendliest contemporary poetry anthology ever? From the kick-off, poetry tumbles across every page (including...

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Are cats top dogs in the world of literature?

There are plenty of canine companions in the world of books, but cats can still compete for the crown of top literary pet Book people, I need to know where you stand on a vital issue: literary dogs...

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Poster poems: religion

Whether you're believer, blasphemer or Buddhist – this month's commandment is to share with us your spiritual scribblings In an increasingly secular society, the place of our rich tradition of...

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Seamus Heaney by Nicola Jennings

Poet Nicola Jennings

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