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La Belle Dame sans Merci, as painted by Frank Dicksee, circa 1901. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, given by Mrs Yda Richardson/Wikimedia

How a stone knight inspired two very different visions of love from John Keats and Philip Larkin

Chichester Cathedral's stone effigy famously influenced Philip Larkin's An Arundel Tomb. But a new discovery suggests it may have inspired the tale John Keats wrote as La Belle Dame Sans Merci too.
Poets are drawn to the time between seasons and to the time when both death and life, endings and beginnings, merge into each other and confuse us. Annie Spratt/Unsplash

Friday essay: Christmas poetry – a reflection

The beauty and delicacy of the Christmas story become in our consumerist hands a recipe for crassness and sentimentality. No surprise then, that poets are drawn to try to rescue it.

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