John Clarke: his tinkering involved prolonged fiddling with words to get tone, rhythm and meaning exactly right.
The first serious scholarly account of the works of comedian John Clarke has just been published. Here, we consider the creative genius of his command of language.
Women have been there in their imaginations.
La Belle Dame sans Merci, as painted by Frank Dicksee, circa 1901.
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Chichester Cathedral’s stone effigy famously influenced Philip Larkin’s An Arundel Tomb. But a new discovery suggests it may have inspired the tale John Keats wrote as La Belle Dame Sans Merci too.
Walter Withers, ‘The Drover’, 1912, oil on canvas. A recent book reinterprets Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife in 99 ways, offering new perspectives on the classic short story.
Ryan O'Neill’s book reimagines a classic Australian short story. He retells The Drover’s Wife 99 times in various forms, including a poem, an Amazon review, and even as a Cosmo quiz.
Sarah Kay, “The Type”.
Since 2011, Button Poetry has offered a large number of powerful poetic performances that reveal the plurality of individual stories in the United States.
Dallas Dellaforce, Queer Central, Imperial Hotel, Erskineville, 2018. ‘Queerdom’ presents an archive of queer and trans life in Sydney.
Queerdom, an exhibition of photography and poetry, presents a history of queer and trans performance in Sydney that challenges recent narratives about queer life in Australia.
Portrait of Ada Lovelace – mathematician and poet.
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Poets and scientists don’t occupy separate poles in the quest to understand the universe. In many ways, they sing from the same hymn sheet.
Poet Walt Whitman in his home in New Jersey in 1891. Born 200 years ago this week, Whitman is celebrated in America for his daring poetry collection Leaves of Grass.
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Walt Whitman is perhaps America’s most admired poet. His work, now praised for its themes of equality and democracy, was once shunned for its experimental verse and discussion of sexuality.
Les Murray at the National Gallery in Canberra in 2002. He was often seen as an unofficial Australian poet laureate.
Les Murray’s signature style was a potent mix of ordinary language, specialist vocabulary, and eccentric syntax. His poetry made us see things anew.
Nettie Palmer’s ’s 1916 poem, Birds, was a love song from a wife to a soldier-husband.
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An anthology of Victorian women poets is a window into their thoughts and feelings during the first world war.
For decades, Du Maurier poems were hidden behind this picture.
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Hidden behind a photograph of the author about to dive into the sea, the new poems give is a picture of a young writer beginning to test out her ideas.
From speaking out over domestic abuse in medieval times to telling the realities of war, these female poets present a very different version of Welsh life.
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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.
University of Leeds Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt q 32
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.