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Poets compose new Lyrical Ballads to highlight social relevance of Romantics

Andrew Motion and Alice Oswald among contributors to new version of Wordsworth and Coleridge’s pioneering collection The poems are full of waterfalls, frosty moors, sunlit summer days, crumbling...

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Poem of the Week: World Trade Center/Mail Runner/’73 by Peter Balakian

The American poet was once a messenger for a Manhattan shipping company, delivering mail to offices in the newly erected twin towers. The 9/11 attacks brought memories coursing to the surface World...

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We must save IdeasTap – the arts charity making creative dreams come true |...

I had no contacts or money but IdeasTap helped launch my career as a writer. Other young people who wouldn’t normally stand a chance should be able to benefit tooWhen I first came across the boldly...

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Thomas Asbridge’s top 10 knights in literature

The historian, presenter and author picks his favourite medieval adventurersWhether it be a gallant, armour-clad noble racing to the rescue of an imperilled damsel, or a blood-soaked warrior engaged in...

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Was 1925 really the best year for literature?

The BBC Culture website has chosen 1925 as “the greatest year for books ever”. Hemingway’s debut, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and The Great Gatsby certainly made for a glorious twelve months. But do...

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Toni Morrison, Claudia Rankine and Roz Chast honoured at NBCC awards

Citizen: An American lyric takes the poetry prize while comic book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? wins the autobiography award The first book to be nominated in two categories at the...

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If I were king for a day: an ode to hot potatoes and footballing wise men |...

For my subjects a new poem as I accede to the throne, horses to hand and hosepipe at the ready for reasons of health and safetyRelated: John Hegley - King for a Day – audio Once I’ve put my royal...

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The Saturday poem: The Swap

by Maurice Riordanfor Hugo Someone snuck over the back fencelast night and pinched my ladder.Then I found a bronze BMXleaning outside the front door. Continue reading...

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On my radar: Wilko Johnson’s cultural highlights

The ex-Dr Feelgood guitarist and songwriter on medieval architecture, the poetry of William Blake, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the power of the bluesWilko Johnson was born John Peter Wilkinson on Canvey...

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Clive James: ‘I’ve got a lot done since my death’

Two years after reports suggesting his imminent death, Clive James still has plenty of life left in him. Ahead of a new collection of poetry next month, the polymath and former Observer TV critic...

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Clive James reads his poem Early to Bed – exclusive video

Exclusively for the Observer, Clive James reads a poem from his new collection, Sentenced to Life• Robert McCrum talks to Clive James at homeContinue reading...

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Poem of the week: The Beautiful Librarians by Sean O’Brien

A nostalgic homage to the glory of libraries and librarians harnesses Larkin and Keats to point up our lost visions of social betterment The beautiful librarians are dead,The fairly recent graduates...

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Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them Read more Tips, links and suggestions blogs Welcome to this week’s blog. Here’s a roundup of your comments and photos from...

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Poems of the Decade anthology swaps Keats for modern masters

From ‘marble men and maidens’ to ‘Burberry clad louts’ … a new Forward prize collection that will be studied by A-level students includes Tim Turnbull’s Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn and work by other...

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The Midlands by Tony Williams review – ‘a terrain of the imagination’

A thoughtful study of a pastoral landscape where enclosure is everywhere apparentAsk readers of poetry to name two major living practitioners associated with the Midlands and they would probably...

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Dante: a Very Short Introduction by Peter Hainsworth and David Robey – review

This pithy guide for the nonacademic reader expertly illuminates the Italian poet’s work Regular readers of this column may recall that I get pretty excited about Dante. This usually involves...

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US poet defends reading of Michael Brown autopsy report as a poem

Conceptual poet Kenneth Goldsmith’s attempt to reframe the report as poetry has caused an outcry on social media The American poet Kenneth Goldsmith has defended himself in the wake of heavy criticism...

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And now … a glorious late show from Clive James | Peter Bradshaw

Sentenced to Life, James’s new collection of poems, is a vindication of his greatness as a writer and has cemented his reputation as a ‘late developer’Clive James has ready for publication a new...

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Readers recommend: songs about islands | Peter Kimpton

Caribbean to Coney Island, Crusoe to Craggy, tropical to topical, name your best isle-related songs that offer an escape to fantasy or a prism of reality “Faith is an island in the setting sun,/ but...

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Pay with a poem: cafes around the world to exchange coffee for poetry

To mark World Poetry Day, more than a thousand coffee establishments around the world will use poetry as their currency this Saturday Find out about the participating cafes in your area here What is a...

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