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Poster poems: origins

It's a riddle that has inspired poets for millennia: where did we come from? Give us your existential reflections in verse It's an old riddle, and one that science is finally coming to grips with:...

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Seamus Heaney – an appreciation

In Seamus Heaney's poetry, ordinary objects and places – a sofa, a satchel, the sound of rain – are sanctified. But it has edge and politics, too. Blake Morrison recognises an astonishing poetic...

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Parallax by Sinéad Morrissey – review

Fran Brearton enjoys a deft exploration of the artificiality of art in framing and containing its subject At the start of Sinéad Morrissey's brilliant, Forward prize-shortlisted fifth collection, she...

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The Saturday poem: Deer

by Helen Mort The deer my mother swears to God we never saw,the ones that stepped between the treeson pound-coin-coloured hooves,I'd bring them up each teatime in the holidays and they were brighter...

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On my radar: Bernardine Evaristo's cultural highlights

The writer and critic on genealogy websites, Caribbean poets and the simple pleasure of riding your bicycle Bernardine Evaristo is an award-winning writer, editor and critic. She grew up in Woolwich,...

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Poem of the week: To Althea, from Prison by Richard Lovelace | Carol Rumens

The imprisoned poet's poignant evocation of an imaginary visit from his fiancee blends Cavalier flair with Puritan toughness Are you a Roundhead or a Cavalier? The distinction is alive and well in...

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Instant-flex 718 by Heather Phillipson – review

Phillipson's debut collection displays her accomplished approach to language in playful yet weighty free verse In tandem with her rise as a poet, Heather Phillipson has emerged as an artist who...

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Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert by John Drury – review

The 17th-century parson poet has a new audience, attracted by his message that love must come before God Towards the end of Richard Linklater's vertiginous, queasy Waking Life is one of the most...

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Alberto Bevilacqua obituary

Italian writer, poet and film-maker who adapted and directed his own novels for the screen The distinguished Italian novelist, poet and film-maker Alberto Bevilacqua has died aged 79. Bevilacqua was...

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Guardian Australia's Brisbane Festival Podcast: episode two

Ryan van Winkle is Edinburgh City Libraries reader in residence, a program he created to focus on engaging and growing audiences for poetry. He is in Australia performing at the Brisbane Festival as...

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Poem of the week: Autumn Twilight, Dwelling Among Mountains by Wang Wei

An admirable translation of poems by the 8th-century Chinese poet includes this beautifully serene work about the changing seasons The Selected Poems of Wang Wei, translated by David Hinton and...

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Seamus Heaney: justly honoured for revealing the greatness of our language

The National Portrait Gallery has done right to hang Tai-Shan Schierenberg's painting of this extraordinary elegist Portraiture is a strange and impure art. It includes many of the most profound...

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Transport for London performs U-turn on poets' fees for safety campaign

Artists' concern over copyright and pay leads to climbdown by TfL over their 'poets in residence' Underground scheme Regular travellers on London's tube network are familiar with Poems on the...

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Nick Clegg, like Oliver Twist, wants more. But he seeks power not soup

Leader has turned Liberal Democrats from protest party into pragmatists and made sure he himself is safe until 2015 Nick Clegg's message could hardly be plainer. Like Oliver Twist, he wants some more....

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Bill Callahan doesn't just write songs, he sings poems

You don't need to hear Bill Callahan's music to feel the magic of his songs: just read his lyrics and the poetry is obvious To apply the label of poet to a singer-songwriter might well be a losing...

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The Saturday Poem: The marshalling yard

by Helen Dunmore The marshalling yard In the goods yard the tracks are unmarked.Snow lies, the sky is full of it.Its hush swells in the dark. Grasped by black ice on blacka massive noise of...

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The Poets' Daughters: Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge by Katie Waldegrave...

Almost single-handedly, the daughters of Wordsworth and Coleridge shaped their poetry for posterity Amid the idyllic landscape of the Lake District lived three poet patres familias– the now all but...

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Ann Wordsworth obituary

Ann Wordsworth, who has died from a heart attack aged 80, was my tutor at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and a dearly loved friend. A specialist in 19th- and 20th-century literature, she was passionately...

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Plagiarism scandal has revealed an ugly side of Australian poetry | Toby Fitch

Toby Fitch: I don't condone plagiarism, but it would be a great shame if in our rush to lynch a couple of plagiarists, we forget to remember why poetry needs experimentation Toby Fitch

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Poem of the week: To Autumn by John Keats

Marked by sensuous profusion and artistic control, this most widely published of English poems is laden with meaning It is, apparently, the most anthologised English poem. And if critical essays were...

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