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A consideration of Cuban poet Nancy Morejón's engagement with Keorapetse Kgositsile and her visits to South Africa -- shed new light on her poetic practice.
To imagine is to form a mental image, to think, believe, dream, picture.
The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley believed that we can exercise our moral imagination 'in the same manner as exercise strengthens a limb'. Here, then, are some tips for fostering empathy through art.
Future Sounds: Listening to Lynette Roberts, the forgotten Welsh poet.
A plaque on a house in St Petersburg that says: ‘Here the writer Lydia Korneievna Chukovskaya wrote Sophia Petrovna, a story about the Great Terror 1936-1938’.
Persecuted by Stalin, writers Lydia Chukovskaya and Anna Akhmatova endured threats, cold and starvation. And in an epic feat, Lydia memorised the poems of her friend that were too dangerous to commit to paper.
Protestors at an anti-Trump rally in 2017.
Writerly acts of confession are garish, they are vulgar and dazzling, but they are the only form of disobedience at many a woman writer’s disposal.
Kahlil Gibran, The Divine World (1923), Illustration for The Prophet, Charcoal.
After Shakespeare and Laozi, Kahlil Gibran is the highest selling poet ever, largely thanks to The Prophet, a set of 26 prose poems.
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Shakespeare’s first reputation was as a poet, and particularly as a sex poet. He would later incorporate his bawdy inclinations into his most famous plays.
For centuries, Pulter’s manuscript lay untouched at the University of Leeds’ Brotherton Library.
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In a time when women were expected to be silent, no topic was off limits for Pulter, who penned verses about politics, science and loss. Her manuscript was just published in a free digital archive.
A display of acrobatics by German internees at the prisoner of war camp at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire in October 1914.
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During First World War, the rhetoric of chivalry counteracted the inhumanity of the conflict in sometimes surprising ways.
The village of New Quay, Ceredigion, claims to be a model for Thomas’s fictional Llareggub.
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Dylan Thomas's early short stories were shocking, obscene, and a sign of things to come
David Malouf’s poetry collection An Open Book spans “a Beurre Bosch pear/in a fruit bowl to the planet”.
Malouf's late return to poetry seems to bring him back in a new way to steadying poems that do justice to the open gaze, the sly wit, the swift imagination and the poise he has in spades.
Take the time to engage with poetry on your own terms.
The writings of John WIlmot, Earl of Rochester, were certainly obscene. But his poetry also gave us a new way of looking at the human condition.
While watching this weekend’s AFL Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood, listen out for ‘action’ and ‘digression’ in the commentary.
Like epic poets, AFL commentators improvise in short phrases, not sentences, because it creates vivid images of fast action.
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From human suffering to political chicanery to environmental degradation, the tide of bad news, blared in headlines every day, seems overwhelming. One poet and classics scholar asks: What can be done?
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, attributed to Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c. 1555. Rosemary Dobson addressed the painting in her poem Painter of Antwerp.
Across her long career, Dobson was celebrated as a poet who could take the reader beyond the immediate image to another insight.
Jules Salles-Wagner’s 1898 painting ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
We talk excitedly about meeting someone with whom we 'click' or 'really hit it off.' So why do so many of us hesitate to call it love?
A makeshift memorial to Eurydice Dixon at Princes Park on June 16.
Reading the poem Eurydice to her students unleashed surprising emotions for Stephanie Trigg. But literature works in mysterious, unpredictable ways, highlighting the impossibility of trigger warnings.
William Blake, Pity, 1795, Tate.
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The Romantics - including poets William Blake and William Wordsworth - lived in the 18th century, but their passionate ideas about imagination and nature are still influential today.
Nelson Mandela’s legacy in poetry can re-familiarise us with the values he embodied.
Nelson Mandela's release in 1990 was met by an outpouring of poetic celebration both within South Africa and globally.