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Win a copy of 101 Poems for Children by Carol Ann Duffy - competition

In celebration of National Poetry Day we've got 10 copies of a new collection of poetry for children, selected by the poet laureate, to give away "Poems, in so few words, create whole worlds,...

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Happy National Poetry Day!

Today is National Poetry Day, the theme is stars and we've got a whole galaxy of versey goodness on the site in celebration, from a competition to win the poet laureate's new collection for kids, to...

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Jo Bell makes a splash as first ever canal laureate on National Poetry Day

The watery verse of a poet who lives on a narrowboat is to be inscribed on new lock gates in the hope it will inspire people to explore their local waterways A floating poet, Jo Bell – who is a boat...

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Could you be the Comment is free's poet laureate for the day? | Open thread

To celebrate National Poetry Day, we are holding our very own competition – please, woo us with your powerful poetry Everyone is celebrating National Poetry Day: the illuminated advertising boards at...

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Foyle Young Poets award: read the winning poems

On National Poetry Day, the 15 winners of this year's Foyle Young Poets award, open to 11-17-year-olds from around the world, were announced. Chosen from a record 7,351 entries to the competition,...

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National Poetry Day: Foyle Young Poets and Betjeman prize announced

In a National Poetry Day double whammy, Foyle young poets of the year are celebrated at the Royal Festival Hall, while the winner of the John Betjeman poetry competition for young people is announced...

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Artist of the week 210: Anna Barham

Words take on a new life in the surreal animation of this London-based artist, returning time and again to the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna where the modern alphabet began Words fall like...

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Poster Poems: October

This month has long provided a source of literary inspiration, from shorter days and fallen leaves, to thoughts of liberty during times of war. Tell us what impressions it makes on you And so we come...

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Guardian Books podcast: Pete Townshend, Neil Young and poetry books

In the week that National Poetry Day adopted stars as its motif, we look at the stars of the poetry and music worlds. The week began with Jorie Graham becoming the first American woman to win the...

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Water Sessions by James Lasdun – review

Adam Newey welcomes James Lasdun's return to poetry after a decade The final poem in James Lasdun's last collection, Landscape with Chainsaw, had the speaker giving up poetry for the homesteader's...

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Poem of the week: The Bridal Morn

This anonymous lyric combines its mysteries with a very concrete set of images and a beguiling music "The Bridal Morn" is an anonymous lyric dating from the 15th-16th century, and, if that isn't vague...

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Rift deepens between Scottish artists and Creative Scotland, as despairing...

A hundred names from the Scottish arts establishment – including Ian Rankin, Douglas Gordon and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – have expressed their dismay at Creative Scotland's policies with a heartfelt...

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'New' JRR Tolkien epic due out next year

Lord of the Rings author's previously unseen 200-page poem of Arthurian legend draws on tales of ancient Britain rather than Middle-earth It's the story of a dark world, of knights and princesses,...

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Nobel prize for literature: quiz

With the winner of the world's most illustrious books prize announced tomorrow, find out here if you're a laureate or a loser

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From the archive, 11 October 1972: Betjeman won't let Poet Laureate role...

Following his appointment, Sir John claims his dislike of tower blocks and of developers will still come out in his work Sir John Betjeman, officially appointed Poet Laureate yesterday, will write...

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Teazles

By Jamie McKendrick Out in the vacant lot to gather weedsI found these teazles – their ovoid heads delicately armoured with crowns of thorns.Arthur, from whom I haven't heard a wordin thirty years,...

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Collected Poems 1935-92 by FT Prince - review

Paul Batchelor finds much to admire in a collection by a long-neglected 20th-century poet FT Prince's Collected Poems opens with a long, enthralling poem, "Epistle to a Patron", in which a sculptor...

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Ted and I: A Brother's Memoir by Gerald Hughes – review

Ted Hughes's brother Gerald offers a moving evocation of their early life Gerald Hughes's memoir of his little brother, Ted, has a muted, soul-swelling intensity, and the kind of holiness that...

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Poem of the week: Pantoum in Which Wallace Stevens Gives Me Vertigo by Oli...

This playful tribute to the imaginative power of poetry is also a dizzying demonstration of it This week's poem is by Oli Hazzard, whose first collection, Between the Windows has recently been...

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Shakespeare, a poet who is still making our history | Neil MacGregor

He forged a language that has shaped how the English – and British – see themselves, and set the terms for our imagination Shelley's famous claim that poets are "the unacknowledged legislators of...

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