The first poem in space was a plea for world peace.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
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Civilians have become so far removed from the military and war, it can be hard to understand veterans. Their poetry can help us connect.
Most people's shortbread-tin ideas about the Highlands and Islands are missing a key traditional ingredient.
Virgil reads the Aeneid to Octavia and Augustus.
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Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid documents the founding of Rome by a Trojan hero. As with other ancient epics, our hero has to remain resolute in the face of significant divine hostility.
John Keats, by Joseph Severn.
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Keats's Winchester walk was no idyllic stroll – he had espionage on his mind.
Art and Seek Workshop participants examining locks of Keats’s hair and the painting P.B. Shelley in the Baths of Caracalla by Joseph Severn.
A. Frances Johnson
Was John Keats a refugee in his day? A workshop for refugees, migrants and artists took place recently at Keats-Shelley House and the story of the great Romantic poet's life and death hit a nerve.
James Gillray’s ‘Scientific Researches! - New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! - or - an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air’ from 1802.
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Sir Humphry Davy was the Professor Brian Cox of the 1800s.
Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.
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Good songs are like good poetry. Literature professor Robert Morrison reflects on The Tragically Hip's best song, "Ahead by a Century," and explains the politics of hope within the tune.
It's been 680 years since the last princess of Wales born to reigning monarchs in the country walked the earth.
Cover art from “Annie Muktuk and Other Stories,” Norma Dunning’s first book filled with sixteen Inuit stories which portray the unvarnished realities of northern life via strong and gritty characters.
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Inuit poet, scholar and writer Norma Dunning shares her experiences of trying to get published in Canada.
He has a memorial in Westminster Abbey, but Philip Larkin is often dismissed for his perceived misogyny and racism. This is a great pity.
In Sir Thomas Malory’s ‘Le Morte d'Arthur,’ a character complains that young people are too sexually promiscuous.
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The anxiety that young people are messing things up goes back centuries.
There are several ways into the book Shaping the Fractured Self: poetry of chronic illness and pain, edited by Heather Taylor Johnson. And there are many uses it might serve in the multiple worlds of poetry…
Bob Dylan in 1991.
Bob Dylan said songs are meant to be sung not read, and he has a point. Songs and poems obey different rules.
Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson (left) and Jodhi May as Susan Gilbert in A Quiet Passion.
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A Quiet Passion, a film about Emily Dickinson's life, opens in cinemas this week. Dickinson wrote 1789 poems in her lifetime: only ten were published.
A visitor pauses at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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An Army veteran and professor of rhetoric explores poetry written by veterans about a divisive holiday born of the Civil War.
Manchester united by the power of poetry.
The poet's letters to her former therapist will be published later this year. How far is this an invasion of her privacy?
Edward Thomas used English to write about the spirit of Wales.
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Poet Edward Thomas took from the traditions of Wales, and the beauty of the land to describe the horrors of war.
Henry Lawson in 1915.
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Bertha Lawson alleged that her husband, celebrated poet Henry Lawson, was habitually cruel and drunk.