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.
Aaron Douglas. "Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery to Reconstruction." Oil on canvas, 1934. The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division.
Many associate post-World War I culture with Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Lost Generation. But for black artists, writers and thinkers, the war changed the way they saw their past and their future.
A student performs at the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry competition in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Poetry has been a part of teaching and learning for hundreds of years. But how has poetry education changed? And how are young voices using poetry to express themselves today?
Federico Barocci’s 1598 painting ‘Aeneas’ Flight from Troy.‘
As the United States bars its gates to newcomers, the 'Aeneid' – a story of war, exile, racial hatred and irrational fears – is particularly resonant.
The Green Bell illustrates a life of complete and careless love, and utter grief: author Paula Keogh and poet Michael Dransfield in the early 1970s.
The lovers at the centre of The Green Bell - its author, Paula Keogh, and that passing meteor of Australian poetry, Michael Dransfield - met in the psychiatric unit of Canberra Hospital.
Welsh poetry has more in common with music than Shakespeare's sonnets or Keats's Romantic verses.
Rickshaw poetry in Pakistan.
Pakistan's rich visual and poetic culture is expressed every day on walls, rickshaws and buses. As the country struggles to offer solace to its people, they carry its narratives and emotions.
Learn your lines.
When the pen is mightier than the sword.
Protesters holding signs next to North Lake Road at Bibra Lake in Perth last month.
Protest poetry has an esteemed history, from the British war poets to writers behind the Iron Curtain. In Perth, poets are protesting against a contentious road extension and their words are charged.
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.
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.
Zimbabwean police beat up a man protesting the reintroduction of local banknotes.
From poetry to factual narratives and personal memoirs, these books are worth reading.