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The Owl and the Pussycat voted most popular childhood poem

As National Poetry Day encourages Britain to embrace verse in everyday life, its favourite lines are revealed to be handed down through generationsA poll of the nations most beloved childrens poems...

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Why poetry belongs to us all

On Poetry Day, Sarah Crossan argues that poetry is everywhere. And it is ours. So sing and share your songs and dont be afraid to snatch poetry back into your life and use it! Read the first chapter of...

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Do you know a poem off by heart?

Today is National Poetry day. Former education minister Michael Gove previously insisted that children learn poetry off by heart, while others insist this can ruin the experience. Do you know a poem...

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Foyle Young Poet of the Year meet the winners!

Find out who won the Foyle Young Poets poetry competition, created just for children and read the 15 winning poems here! Congratulations to all the winners who are reading their poems in London at a...

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What are your favourite childrens poems?

To mark National Poetry Day, share your nursery rhyme-free alternatives to the recent top 10 ranking of childrens poemsThe Owl and the Pussycat voted most popular childhood poem Can it really be true?...

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Poems we know by heart: our readers recite video

Its National Poetry Day, and weve been celebrating by collecting videos you filmed while reciting poems you know by heart from Oscar Wilde to William Blake via a lot of Shakespeare. Here are some of...

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Seamus Heaneys last poem published in Irish gallerys anthology

Collection features works from writers such as Roddy Doyle, Colm Tóibín and John Banville inspired by paintings on display at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin A poem Seamus Heaney finished 10...

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Poster poems: forgetting

National Poetry Day asked us to remember. Heres your chance to consider the other side of the coin, with your poems on the everyday phenomenon of obliteration Thursday was National Poetry Day, with...

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Alan Bennett: joining the literature club

The playwright used to feel baffled in the face of poetry. All the more reason to compile an anthology of popular poets, from Hardy to LarkinWhen I was young, I used to feel that literature was a club...

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On Clapton Pond at dawn

by Kate TempestThe pond was calmthe sky was newyour voice was soft your lies were true.You were me and I was youand I was going blind with you. Continue reading...

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Kate Tempest: 'Rapping changed my life'

She is a Next Generation poet, has been Mercury-nominated for her music and called the laureate of south-east London for her plays. Kate Tempest talks about going down a storm The Saturday Poem: On...

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Poem of the week: The Natural and Social Science by Michael Donaghy

This elegant poem by the late Irish-American writer showcases his talent for free-range anecdote, smart satire and humour Michael Donaghys Collected Poems, reissued by Picador, reminds us that the...

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Haruki Murakami joint favourite to win Nobel prize for literature

Three days before the winner is announced, novelist shares odds of 4/1 with Kenyan writer Ngg wa Thiongo, while Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich is third favourite at 7/1With just three days...

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Tim Minchin: how my beat poem took the world by Storm

A dinner-party encounter with a homeopathy fan was the spark for my rationalist anthem, now a YouTube hit and a graphic novel thanks to Storm the Animated Movie My 2006 solo show, So Rock, included a...

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Letter: Dannie Abse was a cultural attache for Welsh writers

Dannie Abse was a steady supporter of other Welsh writers; he was, in a sense, our cultural attache in what Dylan Thomas called the "capital punishment" London. Dannie and his wife, Joan, often stayed...

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Watch Elijah Wood in the world exclusive trailer for Dylan Thomas film Set...

Elijah Wood stars in Andy Goddard's movie as John Brinnin, an aspiring poet who oversees Dylan Thomas's first tour to America in 1950. Celyn Jones plays Thomas, with support from Shirley Henderson and...

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The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller review a rare...

The Forward prize-winning collection mingles grammatically correct English with patois to emphasise the different ways in which a place can be knownKei Miller's superb Forward prize-winning collection...

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The Saturday poem: Bostin Fittle

by Liz BerryAt Nanny's I ate brains for tea,mashed with hard-boiled egg,or trotters, groaty pudding,faggots minced with kidney and suet. Right bostin fittle, Nanny said.She knew hunger, knew howto...

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Christopher van Wyk: farewell to a South African literary icon

The death of the author, poet and activist who became a distinctive post-apartheid voice is a devastating cultural blowNot long after the death of Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, South Africa has lost...

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John Moat obituary

Poet who co-founded the creative-writing venture ArvonA chance meeting in a Berkshire pub in 1963 between two young poets, John Fairfax and John Moat, began a friendship that was to lead, with the...

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