Research has shown that the UK read more during the pandemic.
Many established poets published lockdown poems offering their perspective on the power of poetry to make sense of the pandemic.
A poem about birds meeting in February to pick their mates is the first known example of Valentine’s day being connected with love.
Sylvia Plath photographed a month before her death.
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Sylvia Plath left behind a complicated legacy. Contemporary writers influenced by her work must juggle inspiration with some problematic imagery – as a poetry expert explains.
‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ didn’t begin life as a song, but being set to music helped it find fame.
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‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ is now a treasured Christmas classic, but it didn’t start life that way – not in the UK, at least.
Ada Limón is the 24th U.S. poet laureate.
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Ada Limón is the first woman of Mexican ancestry to be named U.S. poet laureate. Through her understanding of social media and the power of connection, she strives to make poetry accessible to everyone.
The Goddess Athena appearing to Odysseus to reveal the Island of Ithaca by Giuseppe Bottani.
These books and poems give the women of the Odyssey a say and other new perspectives on the classic tale.
Yuri Shevchuk of the band DDT performs in 1987. In May 2022 Shevchuk was charged with a misdemeanor for insulting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a concert.
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Can social media posts sustain Russia’s endangered dissident cultures?
Poetry can be a way for people to come together.
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Poetry can unite people when all seems lost. The Conversation US has pulled together four articles from its archives that speak on the power of poetry.
Sylvia Plath wrote a series of 14 intensely personal letters to her psychologist that were only recently uncovered.
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Two poems that were originally excised from ‘Ariel,’ Plath’s seminal poetry collection, vividly channel the painful experience of losing an unborn child.
If you picture Santa Claus as plump and jolly and pulled by reindeer, you may have this poem to thank.
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‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ is one of the most famous American poems. But who wrote it?
Why did she do all the work while Santa got all the glory? What would happen if she delivered the toys?
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Many early stories praise her work ethic and devotion. But with Mrs. Claus usually hitting the North Pole’s glass ceiling, some writers started to push back.
Lord Byron was the original breakup artist.
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From Jaques Brel to Adele, those who sing of lost love owe a lot to the lyrics of the Romantics.
In popular films and TV shows, poetry is typically used to express human feelings. This popular wisdom chimes with findings in cognitive neuroscience about how language works.
‘Untitled’ from the series ‘Imaging/Imagining.’
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Three decades after poet Frank X. Walker coined the term ‘Affrilachia,’ the region’s poets and artists continue to create work that probes the world of a people long ignored.
The gravestone of John Keats in Rome’s ‘non-Catholic’ cemetery.
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Doubt can be uncomfortable. It is often tempting to jump to conclusions. But Keats counsels otherwise.
John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo.
Nigeria’s poet and playwright, John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo, died on October 13 aged 86
‘The Dyings have been too deep for me,’ Dickinson wrote in 1884.
190 years after her birth, Dickinson’s life reminds us of how to confront the depths of loss with courage and hope.
Poems sing to us that life really matters, now.
In urban Namibia, performance poetry provides a safe space for women to share their experiences and challenge traditional ideas.
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.