We're supposed to suppress feelings of envy. But what if the kind spurred by school shutdowns, frontline work and cramped apartments are worth exploring – and acting upon?
That none of his collections were published in apartheid South Africa testifies to the police state's censorship.
Alfred Tennyson's passionate book-length elegy was once among the most popular poems in English. Today, it shows us how soulful art can stir us to life and stave off banality.
During the last years of her life, Dickinson endured a relentless succession of deaths. And yet the poet was able to confront the depths of loss with courage and hope.
Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
When we feel under siege, Chaucer's doomed love story during the battle for Troy might be just the distraction we need.
Brutus’s life was closely interlinked with the rise of apartheid and offered a way to look at resistance to this system.
A study of the late Keorapetse Kgositsile shows how the poet influenced black American culture. It also shows how his mother and his grandmother's oral traditions in turn influenced him.
Human existence is now permeated by computer language. Digital artists combine human and computer codes to create digital poetry.
A year after retiring as the UK's poet laureate, Duffy is finding new ways to express herself.
Poets and the wealthy were angered by those who saw their opportunity to rise above their station after the plague.
Poems sing to us that life really matters, now.
You don't have to understand or even like every poem you read.
Breaking through the world of male Irish poetics, Boland was a fierce, feminist voice that was decidedly Irish.
Scotland's 'makar' and quiet man of poetry continues to be loved, read, taught and celebrated 100 years after his birth.
Travel somewhere new from lockdown.
From humble beginnings, poet Bruce Dawe became a genial voice, capturing everyday humanity with wry focus. For many Australians, he provided a first taste of verse.
To foreigners, he was a fellow traveler who recognized the plight of the oppressed.
Written from prison, the new book of poems by the writer, academic and activist shows her fire but also her deep love for Uganda.
Award-winning playwright Stephen House turned to poetry to capture glimpses of life. He writes verse until his composition 'feels right'.