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Cambridge University museums launch poetry 'renaissance'

Thresholds project in 2013 will sponsor poets-in-residence across 10 of the university's own collections Jackie Kay will be drawing inspiration from the Cambridge art gallery Kettle's Yard, Jo...

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The Arrière-pays by Yves Bonnnefoy – review

Beverley Bie Brahic on a long-awaited translation of a French masterwork This spring, before Stephen Romer's long-awaited translation of L'Arrière-pays appeared, Yves Bonnefoy mused about the...

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Deconstructing poetry on the radio

Can discussing poetry make good radio programmes? Two years ago, the controller of Radio 4 invited me to begin a new poetry programme, a workshop that would reflect Britain's vast grassroots poetry...

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Richard Eyre: 'I don't feel directing has to be a young man's game'

The director on his nightmares, a new play about the poet Edward Thomas and the joy of having grandchildren Did Nick Dear's play The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, which you are directing at London's...

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Roger McGough: this much I know

The 75-year-old poet on feeling lucky, going to mass and his life as a pop star Poetry isn't sexy. It's a quiet work. I always thought it was only clever or dead people who wrote poetry, but then I...

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Poem of the week: The Year of the Tree by Katherine Gallagher

Nature and mythology combine in this playful account of lugging an oak tree through the London Underground The author of this week's poem, Katherine Gallagher, was born in 1935 in Maldon, a...

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William Blake brought me face to face with my literary fundamentalism | Rick...

Blake's poem The Tyger shows how the relationship between form and content can shape meaning – a lesson we should heed We are all here, reading and thinking and perusing the Guardian Books pages,...

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Carol Ann Duffy poem celebrates Dover's famous white cliffs

National Trust commissions new work from Britain's poet laureate to mark £1.2m purchase of important stretch The "marvellous geology" of the white cliffs of Dover has been celebrated by the poet...

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Ko Un's First Person Sorrowful offers a window into an extraordinary life |...

Ko Un's highly personal brand of poetry has broken new ground in Korea – reading his first British collection, it's easy to see why Ko Un, Korea's most famous poet, ended an interview on Saturday not...

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Home to Roost (extract)

By Owen Sheers I don't remember any of what happened.Just those howls, like dogs, as we drove out.The fields and trees all black and green.Perhaps some of the very first rounds.But nothing else. I had...

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The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie – review

Maria Johnston on a collection with a devotional attentiveness to the modern world "We're like an audience … standing in the deep cold, looking up, keeping silence, but it's not a show, it's more like...

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Life Saving: Why We Need Poetry by Josephine Hart – review

Hart's guide to the great poets, taken from her popular public events, is graceful and good-humoured "For a girl with no sense of direction, poetry was a route map through life," explained Josephine...

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Sean Bean and others read first world war poetry – video

More4 is marking Remembrance Sunday with a series of short films featuring some of Britain's finest actors reading war poetry from the period

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Valerie Eliot obituary

Widow of TS Eliot who became a sterling and inspirational guardian of his work The passion that Valerie Eliot, who has died aged 86, had for the work of her future husband, TS Eliot, began when she...

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Valerie Eliot's death deprives poetry of its strongest advocate

She was a vital link to modernism, both through her marriage to TS Eliot and her own intelligence, charm and love of the form My favourite picture of Valerie Eliot is one in which she sits to the left...

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What now for Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazil's national poet?

The author's statue sits with its back to the sea in Rio, gazing towards his home in Minas Gerais – but a campaign group wants to turn it around Every time I'm in Rio, I make sure I go to the...

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Sheffield writer brings home top prize for helping those lost in translation

Lecturer's rendition of a famous Irish poem is judges' unanimous choice. Now she's back to running classes at the uni - and The Grapes on Trippett Lane Dr Kaarina Hollo of Sheffield university has won...

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Poem of the week: To Germany by Charles Hamilton Sorley

A moving, mature sonnet from a young soldier who had studied in the Fatherland but was destined to die by a German bullet Charles Hamilton Sorley died in 1915 at the age of 20, killed by a sniper in...

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Letter: Valerie Eliot and the Becket Casket

I would like to record another instance of the great generosity of Valerie Eliot. In 1997 the National Art Collections Fund (of which I was then director) launched a last-ditch campaign to secure for...

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Letter: Valerie Eliot was an expert editor of her husband's letters

Ion Trewin, in his fine obituary of Valerie Eliot, mentions the two volumes of her late husband's letters which she edited or co-edited. Faber published Volume 3: 1926-1927 in the summer of 2012,...

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