Shakespeare and Sonnets

SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 1592, the Oxbridge educated Pamphleteer, Robert Greene, wrote in the Groatsworth of Wit “Yes, trust them not, for there is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide, supposes he is as well able to bumbast...

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Calling London’s Young Poets! The Search is on for the next Young Poet Laureate for London

Are you passionate about your poetry? Can you write about the rhythm and rhyme of the city? Do you want to develop your style, your confidence, your career? Spread the Word, London’s Writers’ Development Agency is delighted to announce that they are now looking for the next Young Poet Laureate...

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Elemental flora

To the tune of I am The Very Model of a Modern Major-General   There’s campanula, camellia, antirrhinum and spartium And hydrangea and oxalis and the jolly rhododendron And euonymus, euphorbia, eupatorium, geranium And poppy, amaryllis and rudbeckia and trillium Heliotropium, helipterum, linum, limonium And capsicum and onopordum, orchid and...

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March Poetry

The poetry page this month celebrates a return to spring with an extract from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: General Prologue written in the 14th century. It was not uncommon at this time of year for travellers to set off on a Pilgrimage to visit the shrine of St. Thomas a...

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