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Clive James: It's awkward I'm still alive

Writer and broadcaster, who wrote a poem earlier this year predicting he would be dead by autumn, says he’s embarrassed he is still here Clive James has lost none of his arch wit or charm, despite his...

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Magna Carta story illuminated by discovery of medieval poem

The Melrose Chronicle, written in Latin almost 800 years ago, is an account of events at RunnymedeA little-known medieval poem written almost 800 years ago by Scottish borders monks was revealed on...

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Was Shakespeare gay, and does it matter? | John Sutherland

Although not a new question, its re-emergence is germane to the interpretation of his plays, and not just a scholars’ spatShakespeare’s Sonnet 116, Let me not to the marriage of true minds, has of...

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Philip Pullman: William Blake and me

As an exhibition of Blake’s paintings opens in Oxford, Philip Pullman reflects on how his poetry has influenced and intoxicated him for more than 50 years The 10 best works by William Blake Time...

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How well do you know contemporary Scottish literature? Quiz

You might be brilliant on Burns and superb on Scott, but how much do you know about the Caledonian books of recent years? It's Scottish Book Week, so high time you checked Continue reading...

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Time is running out for campaign to buy William Blake’s home

The Blake Society is £400,000 short of the amount needed to turn the Sussex cottage in which the poet penned Jerusalem into an artists’ space, visitors’ centre and memorial Time is running out to save...

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Writers pick the best books of 2014: part one

It’s been a year of calls to action. Naomi Klein tackled climate change, Owen Jones got to grips with class politics, and Russell Brand preached revolution. Writers from Hilary Mantel to Lena Dunham...

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Grocery rhymes: how poetry has flourished in supermarket aisles

After a couple of students used a sonnet to take a swipe at Tesco, we look back at the often strained relationship between poets and superstores In 1956, Allen Ginsberg’s poem A Supermarket in...

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Mark Strand, former US poet laureate, dies aged 80

Strand, a Pulitzer prize winner, was haunted by absence, loss and the passage of time from the beginning of his careerMark Strand, a Pulitzer prize winner and former US poet laureate widely praised for...

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Poem of the week: Cat by John Gallas

In this modern take on Baudelaire, a moment of sensual connection with a pet resonates with a lover’s unknowability The New Zealand-born poet John Gallas recently published an enticing and timely...

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Snow by Walter de la Mare - video

Happy December everyone! Now we are officially allowed to think about Christmas and wintery things – so let’s get in the mood with a very beautiful animation Walter de la Mare’s beautiful poem Snow has...

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PJ Harvey to publish first volume of poetry

The Hollow of the Hand is a collaboration with Seamus Murphy, who created films for the album Let England Shake Not content to be bound by the song, PJ Harvey is to release a book of poetry and images....

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World Book Night adds poetry to mass giveaway next April

Twelve and a half thousand copies of an anthology featuring poets from TS Eliot to Les Murray will be distributed free in the spring to promote reading The people of Britain are set to become a little...

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Celebrities, do your worst with verse – just don't call it poetry

PJ Harvey can be trusted to produce the good stuff, but when other arty types wax poetic, the results – and reviews – can be mixed • Oh great and gentle muse, inspire Beyoncé with your genius The indie...

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Jon Stallworthy obituary

Poet, biographer and literary scholar who became closely linked with the war poet Wilfred OwenWhen Jon Stallworthy, who has died aged 79, delivered the British Academy’s Chatterton lecture in 1970,...

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The best poetry books of 2014

From Kate Tempest’s Greek gods to an ode to Didcot power station and Dannie Abse’s farewell – this year’s poetry roundupThe British poetry community has been mourning the loss of one of its leading...

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Do good characters inevitably make for bad fiction?

It’s quite the moral test for an author to turn virtuous lives into compelling stories, and some of the greatest authors have failed itThe books blog has been hosting a series of posts on readers’...

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Poster poems: bees

Many poets have hymned the giant impact of these miniature creatures – now it’s time for you to get busyIt’s a startling fact that one third of everything we eat depends on the presence of the humble...

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'I can't breathe': young Twitter poet gives new voice to Eric Garner

Jason Fotso’s poem, Last Words, is a response to the no indictment decision The Duke University freshman has also written about Ferguson Shot in the chest by Cleveland police – then handcuffed and...

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War poet Isaac Rosenberg recognised in archive footage from the trenches

Formal identification of stretcher bearer would be first time a serving war poet is captured on film, say expertsAfter 30 years in the police force, retired DS Terry Abrahams has developed a sixth...

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