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Banjo Paterson: is he still the bard of the bush?

Simon Caterson: The man who wrote Waltzing Matilda was born 150 years ago on 17 February – though his status as Australia's national poet may be waning Simon Caterson

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Read Sappho's 'new' poem

One of two, unknown fragments of poetry discovered in private collection are thought by scholar to be by much-loved classical author. The first translation is reproduced below News: Scholar says...

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What might James Joyce have made of 21st-century Scottish independence?

Scotland's current political situation – with its parallels to Ireland's early-1900s Home Rule movement – would have held his attention Sunday is James Joyce's birthday. It might have pleased him that...

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Impromptus: Selected Poems by Gottfried Benn – review

Michael Hofmann's compelling new translations, focussing mainly on the late works, reveal Benn's journey from early high-brow pessimism to a late 'sadness of the unfulfilled' "And here he cited Benn,...

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The Saturday Poem: With Joe on Silver Street

by Helen Tookey Tuesday 1 August 1967 Said goodbye to Kenneth this morning. He seemed odd. On the spur of the moment I asked if he wanted to come home to Leicester with me. He looked surprised and...

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On my radar: Corin Sworn's cultural highlights

Glasgow-based artist Corin Sworn on learning Italian, listening to poems and being amazed by Shanghai Based in Glasgow, artist Corin Sworn was born in London and raised in Toronto. Her films,...

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Poem of the week: Engram by Ahren Warner

A droll, sophisticated take on first poetic inspiration – including some very adult reflections on its nature Alert to subtle linguistic nuance, a witty and wide-ranging Francophile, Ahren Warner has...

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Why swimming is sublime

In this extract from his new book, Damon Young explores the joy and terror of swimming – the feelings of being isolated and immersed in something massive and eternal Damon Young

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Poster poems: Wind

It's whistling through all of our lives at the moment, so can you make it sing in poetry? After weeks of storms rolling in off the Atlantic it's beginning to feel like the world is made of little else...

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The Saturday Poem: And

by Alison Brackenbury Sex is like Criccieth. You thought it would be a tumble of houses into a pure seaand so it must have been, in eighteen-ten.The ranks of boarding houses marched up then.They...

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Falling Out of Time by David Grossman – review

David Grossman's slim book broadens the scope of his moving inquiries into the grieving process In August 2006, the Israeli novelist David Grossman's son, Uri, was killed in southern Lebanon, his tank...

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Poem of the week: Black Beans by Sarah Kirsch

Composed of small, domestic details, this love poem is also an oblique reflection on materialism and East German communism This week's poem, Black Beans (Schwarze Bohnen) is by Sarah Kirsch, the...

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Sebastian Barker obituary

Lyrical poet, much influenced by William Blake, whose later work contained a strong philosophical and reflective streak From the start, Sebastian Barker, who has died aged 68 of a cardiac arrest after...

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Robert Muchamore goes after fellow children's authors with 'big samurai sword'

Festival event leaves bestselling Cherub author dreaming of going on 'slaughter a whining lefty' spree The bestselling children's writer Robert Muchamore has written an extraordinary diatribe in which...

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Execution of Arab Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani condemned by rights groups

Poet and leading member of banned cultural organisation run by Ahwazi Arab minority reported hanged after public confession International human rights activists have strongly condemned the execution...

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Girls: Warsan Shire's poem about FGM – video

Warsan Shire recites her poem Girls, written exclusively for the Guardian's campaign to end female genital mutilation Symeon Brown Maggie O'Kane Tom Silverstone Mary Carson

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If audiences are so well-versed in theatre, why is there so much fuss about...

An upcoming play at a major theatre is written in blank verse - not that the publicity would let you know Would you attend a play written in blank verse? Of course you would; every day thousands of...

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This Is Yarrow by Tara Bergin – review

An confident debut that dares to stray from the familiar It takes a certain decidedness to set aside the furnishings of realism and its overweening stylisation of everyday life in order to hold out...

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Mad Girl's Love Song by Andrew Wilson – review

A generous biography that focuses on Sylvia Plath's writing and relationships before she met Ted Hughes In his introduction to Sylvia Plath's Collected Poems, Ted Hughes identifies 1956 as the year...

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The Saturday Poem: Nightrunning

by Tiffany Atkinson So much coldeven the moon can't swallow itor the harbour in its fishy dark. Youbalance your breath like a bowl of dryice. It's all a mistake, this body,this job, this love....

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