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Robert Burns and the yes campaign

Scotland's national poet is is a formidable rhetorical resource for Alex Salmond. Here are seven verses ripe for appropriation Scottish writers on the referendum Essay: Scottish independence literature...

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Poem of the week: Squawks and Speech by Ian Gregson

Peter is dead it is up to his abandoned parrot to detail his absence in a narrative of fits, starts and circlesThis week's poem, Squawks and Speech by Ian Gregson, is a vivid and disconcerting...

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Telling the story of the first world war with 2014 technology

The Guardian's special projects editor, Francesca Panetta, outlines how we created an innovative multimedia guide to the first world war Today we launched our most recent multimedia interactive to...

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Letter: 'Gerard Benson and the Barrow Poets were electrifying'

I first encountered the fabulous Gerard Benson in the very early 1970s when the Barrow Poets played in a scrubby basement in the Sir Christopher Wren pub in the old Paternoster Square, by St Paul's...

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The Saturday Poem: Jack Woolley's Dream

by Tony Williamsi.m. Arnold Peters Continue reading...

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Haunting 1914 poem inspires composer of Westminster Abbey's war vigil anthem

Abbey choir commissions David Matthews, whose grandfather died weeks before armisticeAs Britain has remembered and commemorated the first world war, which plunged Europe into darkness and despair 100...

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Poem of the week: Virginia Woolf's Angels 1919 by Patricia McCarthy

Two contrasting varieties of 'angel' provide a dynamic image of the writer's sense of liberation, and subtle premonitions of her fateThis week's poem, Virginia Woolf's Angels 1919, comes from Patricia...

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Reading American cities: New York in books

In our new summer series, Charlotte Jones collates the perfect literary companions for four US city breaks. This week, the metropolis that has inspired writers from John Dos Passos to Don DeLilloFrom...

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Free of the Taliban, Pakistans Pashtun poets revive their craft

Amid the chaos of refugee life, traditional verse is flourishing again as troops seek to drive militants from North WaziristanFor more than five centuries, poets in remote north-western Pakistan have...

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Hedd Wyn: poetry that echoes from the first world war

He was born on a farm in Gwynedd and died with half a million others at Passchendaele. In between he wrote some of Wales's most moving poetry. A century on, his nephew has dedicated himself to keeping...

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Top 10 war poems

This week marks a century since the outbreak of the first world war. Chosen from 1,000 years of English writing about war, poet and Oxford professor Jon Stallworthy selects some of the best attempts to...

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Battle lines: what Chaucer and Eminem have in common

The author of The Rap Canterbury Tales explains how the ideals of poetry and performance that Chaucer championed live on in hip-hop cultureThe Canterbury Tales may seem an odd point of departure for a...

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Why you should ignore the superlatives on book jackets

Cover blurbs aren't reviews, they're advertisements that offer no space for balanced, nuanced positivityDo you agree? And have you seen any over-the-top examples? Share them in the comment thread...

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Beowulf review all the violence and excitement of an action movie

Tron, GlasgowA Greek chorus of narrators exploits Seamus Heaney's robust text for every bit of its narrative drive in this dramatic readingGrendel is dead. Beowulf is victorious. The mood is of...

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Poster poems: Cars | Billy Mills

They can be vehicles for many subjects, so please rev up your imaginative engines and see where this month's topic takes youTowards the end of 1955, Marianne Moore was invited to submit suggestions for...

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Terror by Toby Martinez de las Rivas review a symphony of psalms

This collection of meditations on fear reveals Martinez de las Rivas's visionary dispositionJeremy Paxman, chair of this year's Forward prize judging panel, might be happier with Reader's Digest, but...

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The Saturday Poem: 1st March: Ain Kiniyya

by Yves Berger, translated by John BergerSpring covers with a greenexiles never forgetthe hills where wandering herdsgraze the growing grass Continue reading...

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The Stairwell review Michael Longley's shortcuts to the heart

Birth and death are never far apart in the Irish poet's cherishable new collectionOne of the most moving things about Michael Longley's tenth collection is the way in which he considers death, giving...

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Poem of the week: The Book by FT Prince

A metaphysical love poem that orchestrates a wealth of feeling at the edges of body and soulThis week's poem, The Book, is by the South African poet, FT (Frank Templeton) Prince, who died 11 years ago...

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Clive James publishes valedictory poems

Work combines sorrow with his characteristic humour, comparing his own plight to Napoleon's in The Emperor's Last WordsInterview: Clive JamesTwo new poems by Clive James see the gravely ill author and...

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