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Lost poems of Douglas Adams and Griff Rhys Jones found in school cupboard

Brentwood school uncovers works penned by teenage schoolmates in its sixth-form literary society A poem written by a 17-year-old Douglas Adams, in which the Hitchhiker's Guide author manages to...

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For World Poetry Day – dissident poets from PEN International

As we celebrate the art, the international organisation defending writers' freedom offers a selection of voices that have been silenced by repression• Poetry Parnassus: read a poem from every Olympic...

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The 10 best poems about spring

From Shakespeare to Larkin, Kate Kellaway chooses her favourite celebrations of spring Kate Kellaway

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Flowers in poetry – quiz

Spring is here at last, and with it World Poetry Day. Time to rouse your mind from wintry dormancy by taking our literary gardeners' question time

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I Knew the Bride, review – 'poetry of the subtle yet resonant gesture'

Hugo Williams's collection uses wit and charisma to deal with fear and pain "I stand still most of the time / and let the words do the talking", confesses a soul singer in a poem from Hugo Williams's...

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The Mewar Ramayana epic – in pictures

The Mewar Ramayana is a glorious, illustrated version of an ancient Sanskrit story about Prince Rāma's battle to win back his wife after she is abducted by Rāvana, the king of Sri Lanka. Explore a...

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JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf: bring on the monsters

Although some might see yet another posthumous publication from JRR Tolkien as scraping the barrel, John Garth says that the author's expertise on the Old English epic suggests it should be taken...

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The Saturday Poem: Field Manual

by Kevin Powers Think not of battles, but rather after,when the tremor in your right legbecomes a shake you cannot stop, when the burned man's tendoned cheeks are locked into a scream that,before you...

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Volume of men's poetry choices is a real tear-jerker

A father-and-son editing team has compiled a new anthology in which 100 prominent male figures reveal the lines that make them cry The cover of a new collection of poetry should probably carry a...

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Death and the Ploughman review – 'Primitive humanism'

Arnos Vale Cemetery, BristolHaunting and austere, but it never feels like the audience are trespassing on death's territory Arnos Vale is no drab, municipal cemetery, but a jumble of gravestones at...

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Poem of the week: Critique of Judgement by Andrew McNeillie

McNeillie's impressionistic picture of a remote landscape explores the existence of evil and the human response to beauty Critique of Judgement, this week's poem, is by Andrew McNeillie and can be...

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Lorna Simpson's photography: gold afros, chess players and 50s glamour

The US artist's long overdue retrospective at Baltic in Gateshead makes viewers question everything they see with its interrogations of race, identity and memory When she was 12, Lorna Simpson took...

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A Double Sorrow review 'Shadowed by the mystery of real poetry'

Lavinia Greenlaw's fresh take on Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde evokes the slipping-away character of loveLavinia Greenlaw's A Double Sorrow, is a new take on Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde....

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The Saturday Poem: Diality

by Hugo WilliamsThe shock of remembering,having forgotten for a second,that this isn't a cure,but a kind of false health,like drug addiction.

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The Land of Gold review Sebastian Barker's fond farewell to paradise

Suffused with a love of God and Greece Sebastian Barker's final poems are a holiday for the soulAt the end of Sebastian Barker's final collection, in A Monastery of Light, he writes about the...

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti to publish his travel journals

Journals, covering 1950 to 2013, will shed light on 94-year-old poet's political passions and relationships with Beat generationLawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet who was tried on obscenity charges after...

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Literature written by prisoners quiz

This week has seen a row over a controversial measure to prevent UK prisoners receiving books sent by family and friends. But what about prose and poetry written in prison? Test your knowledge of...

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Choose April's Reading group: William Shakespeare

He is the world's best-known writer and perhaps one of its least read. Let's put that right on the 450th anniversary of his birth. Help us decide which play or poetry collection to shareOn 26 April...

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Artists come together to commemorate centenary of outbreak of first world war

Stephen Fry joins letter-writing project, reading missive to soldier aloud at launch of cultural programme featuring diverse eventsA letter written by Stephen Fry to a soldier who died in the Great War...

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Readers recommend: songs about choosing and using words

Have you heard the word? By chance or design, it's time to get a bit verbal and name songs all about choice of vocabularyOn entering the the taphouse known this very evening as the Perusers Prescribe,...

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