Both Burns and the suppers that celebrate him have proven remarkably malleable symbols worldwide of the Scottish nation and Scottish hospitality.
The history of Italian literature cannot be understood without the vernacular poets. But their works were largely unknown until Lorenzo ‘the Magnificent’ sent a gift to the Prince of Naples.
These two prize-winning books speak volumes about how we face trying times, might recognise the beauty in brokenness and maybe find ways to repair the wounds of the past.
J.P Clark’s work moved beyond agitating for justice in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. He was in love with nature.
In the drama of envisioning a future for the United States, Joe Biden and Donald Trump both invoked stories about snakes to suggest different views about self-interest and the common good.
The poet J.P. Clark was an environmental activist who stood up for his people in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region.
British poet Wilfred Owen told readers there is no peace for the dying soldier until we fight against the lie that it is sweet and proper to die for one’s country.
Nigeria’s poet and playwright, John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo, died on October 13 aged 86
No new poems, but plenty of insights into the development of Thomas's style.
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.
190 years after her birth, Dickinson's life reminds us of how 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.